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Saw IV Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 1, 2007
Like the movie's mysterious Jigsaw doppelgänger, Saw IV is itself a poor substitute for the original (or even the first two sequels).
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2007
The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 29, 2007
This death trap may be rusty, but as long as it keeps generating fresh blood, it's unlikely to slam shut anytime soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 29, 2007
Just as Jigsaw tests his victims, the franchise's own test will be whether such suspension can be maintained, or if matters lapse into a torture chamber of self-parody.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 29, 2007
An incomprehensible cacophony of screams, shock cuts, dour pseudo-philosophizing, heavy metal mutilation and low-rent TV-standard performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 29, 2007
The Syriana of slasher films, so complicated and circuitous that your only hope of understanding everything is to eat lots of fish the night before and then watch each of the previous films, in order, right before you enter the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2007
It's somewhat better put together than Saw II or III, though there isn't a scare in it.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 29, 2007
The famously inventive torture sequences here seem depleted of imagination.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2007
The original Saw was crafted with thought and precision. Saw IV is an orgy of blood.
| Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 29, 2007
The dullest Saw in the shed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Schueller
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2007
A film as edgy as a rubber knife.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 29, 2007
Saw IV is no Saw III. Just as Saw III is no Saw II. But neither Lionsgate, the Saw distributor, nor the North American box office seems to care.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 29, 2007
After two solid entries and an OK one, the franchise is getting long in the tooth: This one is Saw It Be-IV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 27, 2007
Easily the worst and most pointless episode of the gore-saturated quadrology.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 27, 2007
Over the course of [its] sequels, the Saw franchise took a novel, if distasteful, idea and basically tortured it to death.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 27, 2007
A commercially savvy though ultimately empty combination of warped morality tale, mystery, gore-fest, and torture porn.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
October 26, 2007
Even fans of good, old-fashioned, onscreen torture will find themselves rolling their eyes at the twists and turns in this impossibly convoluted story.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 26, 2007
The need to incorporate familiar characters and icons from the earlier films, together with flashbacks that flesh out Jigsaw's pre-'puppet master' past, simply leads to an irritating series of creative dead ends. Truly, a hack-Saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6