Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 10 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Whether we're talking this go-round, the original or the second sequel the finale seems to promise, I'd rather try standing drunk on a see-saw (though maybe not over dirty syringes) than see Saw.
  2. 38
    The explanation for all this mayhem eludes me, and even a lame last-minute twist isn't enough to cover the fact that Jigsaw ain't as clever as the movie thinks he is.
  3. 30
    What's worth noting is how much greater deliberation was given to the marketing than the screenplay of this cursory dud, rushed to theaters exactly a year after its amusing predecessor.
  4. Reviewed by: Christopher Orr
    30
    Saw II repels, morally and aesthetically, and while some -- including the filmmakers, perhaps -- may take this as a compliment, it isn't intended as one. Let the game stop. Please.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    25
    It's not a film, it's an excuse to show victims bleeding at the mouth, or getting shot in the eye, or plucking out their own eyeballs. Most gruesome of all, the sequel oozes dialogue that is best described as "functional."
  6. Don't look for logic here. But if gore is your game, a motherlode awaits.
  7. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    25
    Finally, a horror movie for the reality TV generation. Saw II feels like an episode of "Fear Factor" or "Big Brother" with Rob Zombie at the helm, and if that doesn’t scare you away from this ridiculous movie, well, feel free to indulge your questionable tastes.
  8. Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
  9. 12
    The product of immaturity. It approaches suffering with a meaninglessness that must be a luxury for anyone who has never lost anyone, or is incapable of empathizing with someone who has.
  10. 0
    Comes to life only when it reprises elements from the original movie.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 259 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 106
  2. Negative: 25 out of 106
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    4
    "Saw 2" is baked with mindless flesh and blood, grinded a barely-acceptable plot twist, and mixed with terrible character depth unlike its"Saw 2" is baked with mindless flesh and blood, grinded a barely-acceptable plot twist, and mixed with terrible character depth unlike its prequel. Consider to pass this terrible movie, for you WILL gross out. Full Review »
  2. Jul 16, 2014
    8
    Saw 2 isn't as good as the first but the movie is a decent sequel. The movie has some new actors and there
    are cool effects once again. The
    Saw 2 isn't as good as the first but the movie is a decent sequel. The movie has some new actors and there
    are cool effects once again. The story is weaker in this one and the first story was much more effective.
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  3. Nov 2, 2013
    6
    "Saw II" is just like the first film but this time, the filmmakers have come up with new plot twists that are really well designed. Jigsaw"Saw II" is just like the first film but this time, the filmmakers have come up with new plot twists that are really well designed. Jigsaw returns as the villain, and designs more gruesome traps where victims dies in all sorts of gory ways. Full Review »