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Saw V Reviews

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Mike Ward
Richmond.com
October 28, 2008
The Saw franchise cut its teeth with macabre MacGyver gimmicks and buckets of bloodshed. Acting was never a consideration. And when you're racking in millions upon millions with next to no budget, why start vying for Oscars now?
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
October 27, 2008
Beyond entertaining fans with variations on the life-or-death challenges that seemed so startlingly fresh a mere four years ago, Saw V's primary purpose seems to be setting up a new series of films featuring Hoffman as the evil puppet-master. Wheth
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 27, 2008
Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Grierson
Screen International
October 27, 2008
The Saw series isn't nearly as interesting without Jigsaw, but it's getting harder and harder to find ways to include him in increasingly-desperate sequels.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 27, 2008
Saw V isn't anywhere close to the best Saw movie, but it makes the entire series coalesce a little bit better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
October 27, 2008
Dullest film in series is still brutal and bloody.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Ben Rayner
Toronto Star
October 27, 2008
Woefully ponderous, convoluted and improbable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeremy Wheeler
TV Guide
October 27, 2008
What will they do next? Probably rip more people off. It's worked for them so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 27, 2008
Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes 'ka-ching!'
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Scott Mendelson
Film Threat
October 27, 2008
I predict in Saw VI that Jigsaw will be punishing people for tilting pinball machines, loving their children too much, and driving in the carpool lane unaccompanied.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
October 27, 2008
The latest and least of the Saw films is just plain boring and even a little tame -- albeit by the standards of a genre that helped bring the phrase "torture porn" into the lexicon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ray Greene
Boxoffice Magazine
October 27, 2008
It ain't scary, folks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 27, 2008
Now I can officially say that the SAW franchise has run out of gas. Everything and everyone is just going through the motions here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
October 26, 2008
... the Saw franchise continues to provide at least one decent horror film to look forward to at Halloween.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 26, 2008
The Saw franchise has become a weekend-before-Halloween tradition; ironically, though, it has ceased to be a horror series.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
October 26, 2008
Jigsaw has seen better days. That's saying a lot, considering he was last spotted on a mortuary slab, his rotting flesh a sickly shade of gray as a medical examiner nonchalantly sliced open his stomach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 25, 2008
Everything after its gory "pit-and-the-pendulum" opening scare sequence is downhill in the fifth and potentially last installment in a horror franchise that has run completely out of steam.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2008
Deadly traps may remain the bread and butter of the Saw series, but the real trick has become keeping these fetid sequels moderately fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
October 24, 2008
Unfortunately, both Mandylor and Scott Patterson, who returns as fellow Saw IV survivor Agent Strahm, are uninteresting stiffs
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 24, 2008
The periodic traps set for five new victims, all linked by a rotten real-estate deal, are neither as terrifying nor as yucky as in the earlier films. The only real horror in these scenes, in fact, is the jaw-droppingly bad acting on display.
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