Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 17
  2. Negative: 10 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 14, 2010
    Fans of the series, if there are any left and I'm not too certain that there are, will enjoy the usual smorgasbord of lower intestines spilling out from the screen and onto their laps (via the profoundly crappy 3-D) as well as an above-average opening slaughter involving two men, one woman, several buzz saws, and a crowd of gawking onlookers.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 14, 2010
    Any signs of life the series showed in the last installment (Saw VI), a dash of humanity here and there, were premature.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Dec 14, 2010
    Saw has shown a ferocious unwillingness to evolve.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Dec 14, 2010
    The original "Saw" was smart enough to tease its audience, to literally restrain its characters and gradually dial up the dread, setting the table for a truly shocking twist. The latest just wants bigger and bigger bangs.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 14, 2010
    Franchise morphs into generic slasher series without Jigsaw.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 14, 2010
    Saw 3-D is in 3-D. Really, really bad 3-D.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Dec 14, 2010
    That Saw 3D is relentlessly repugnant will delight the franchise's fans and surprise almost no one. The best that can be said for the picture, gamely directed by longtime "Saw" cutter Kevin Greutert, is that it offers little in between the traps, which are more creatively vicious than they've ever been.
  8. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 14, 2010
    The dismemberment and torture are now shtick. The filmmakers - "Saw" veterans - struggle to imbue this movie with the usual righteousness.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Dec 14, 2010
    The film's aim to bring its convoluted saga full-circle through the reappearance of original "Saw" victim Carey Elwes merely reeks of desperation, a futile final stab at imparting significance to a creatively bankrupt franchise that need not be resuscitated.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    Dec 14, 2010
    There's also no point in paying the 3-D ticket price for occasional bits of gristle flying your way, or blurry action shots. Whereas the first "Saw" got marks for originality, the filmmakers have so lost their fastballs that this one's extreme gore provokes either laughter or sleep.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 177 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 69
  2. Negative: 25 out of 69
  1. Oct 31, 2010
    Saw 3D is (for the most part) poorly scripted, laughably acted and wears it's low budget like a badge of honor. The one thing it has going for it is a killer of a twist ending, which does nicely wrap up the series, but which I also think has blinded some of the others users on here into thinking they saw a really great film (eg, mrcritic giving it a "9" after admitting the 3D is awful and the acting isn't great -- those are two pretty big factors to only dock 1 point for, in my opinion). The Saw movies stopped being scary a long time ago and now they are just endurance tests for the audience and while Saw VI was one of the stronger entries in the series, Saw 3D is a bland, strictly by-the-numbers affair. Logic and plausibility have never been high on the series checklist, but here they're thrown out the window and any sense of adhering to a realistic timeline is fuzzy at best. Betsy Russell, Cary Elwes and Tobin Bell are all welcome returns but even they can only do so much with what they got. Still, there is that great ending...just don't get duped into thinking it absolves the previous 80 minutes from being anything more than just average at best. Full Review »
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Any Saw movie past the 3rd is automatically awful. That seems to be the general consensus now and it's really quite ignominious. Who cares if there are 7 movies in the series? That's not really a superfluous amount when they're all well written. Sure, a lot of the plot twists are similar, but they work! People need to get over the number of movies an look at the story. It's not just gratuitous violence. There's a really interesting plot unlike Hostel. The only reason Saw 3D isn't the best in the series is because the first movie was so disparate than anything we had seen in horror before. Sure, the acting is not the best in these movies, but for me, Saw 3D negated any problems I had with the characters.
    Jigsaw is teaching people to appreciate life through traumatizing yet allegorical means. That's the goal anyway. When Amanda is helping him though, she rigs the traps so people can't escape, believing that they don't deserve a chance. Hoffman does what Jigsaw asks, but blackmails Amanda for his own gain, and in Saw 3D, goes on a revenge killing spree after facing his own "test" in Saw 6.
    The Saw series is meant to be a story about people learning to value their lives and become better for what they've experienced, but for the most part, things don't go according to plan because everyone is so close-minded. The plot becomes much less convoluted after the 5th installment, but again, people don't want to give it a chance because of how many there are. All the movies are under 2 hours in length, so do yourself a favor and see them if you haven't. Saw 6 makes up for Saw 5, and Saw 3D has the perfect ending for the series that I should have seen coming, but didn't, and I think that might be the case for a lot of people. All the loose ends are tied up, and there is no hint of an eighth movie. Saw 3D gives the one, final twist that it needed to make up for any mistakes in the past, and while not all of the traps are as brutal as those in previous movies, they will make your stomach churn, your throat sore like mine, (you'll see).
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  3. Sep 21, 2011
    "Saw 3D" offers nothing. You see massive cliches and blood flying around for 90 minutes. The ending is hurried and the actors perform terribly. I would have given this a 2, BUT what saved the movie is director Greutert's manageable directions and the newly equipped 3D, which helped me watch eyeballs and body parts flying around 'artistically'. Game Over. Full Review »