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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 10 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jigsaw is a wickedly fun villain, if you can put aside the implausibility of a guy who likes to saunter away from his deathbed to kidnap younger, stronger people and devise medieval torture chambers.
  2. 70
    For the most part the film succeeds in producing a frightening Halloween weekend experience.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    Morally dubious it may be, but this gory melange of torture, terror and darkly humorous depravity appeals to the sick puppy within us all.
  4. There are some surprises to be had amid the cruelty (inflicted by both Jigsaw and his test subjects), but this time around the ordeal is less grueling than simply distasteful.
  5. 40
    Stripped down to the barest genre essentials, Saw is a spring-loaded killing machine, packed with sadistic little deathtraps and ludicrous macabre twists, and its quickie sequel offers more of the same, which should again appease viewers who enjoy being jerked around.
  6. Reviewed by: Christopher Orr
    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.
  7. 0
    Comes to life only when it reprises elements from the original movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 102
  2. Negative: 24 out of 102
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    I love this movie the plot and the traps are so original the creators gave horror movies hope. I thought this was going to be the worst horror movie but its actually the best Expand
  2. May 18, 2011
    Saw II fixes just about every flaw of the first movie, the acting is better, it's set up better, and has another shocking conclusion, if you liked the first movie this is a must watch. Expand
  3. Jul 16, 2014
    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. Expand
  4. Feb 9, 2012
    Saw 2 is a decent sequel. Tobin Bell is amazing as Jigsaw and Donnie Wahlberg was a great addition too, Their two characters had a lot of great back and forths in the film. The acting is still good. The horror is good but the traps this time around are not scary at all but they do still provided a little bit of suspense because it was hard to predict the outcome. The twist ending was interesting but a little predictable (I figured it out about 1/2 way into the movie). Still, Its a suprisingly decent horror film that trys to live up to the first film but fails imo. Expand
  5. Nov 2, 2013
    "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. Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2014
    Consensus: Saw II is a decent sequel with lots of violence and some twists. 63/100 (C+)

    When detective Eric Matthews is called to a crime
    scene of a victim of Jigsaw, he finds a lead to the place where he is hidden. Once there, he realizes that Jigsaw trapped his son Daniel Matthews with three women and four men in a shelter, and they are inhaling a lethal nerve gas. If they do not use an antidote within two hours, they will die. Eric follows with increasing desperation the death of each member of the group in monitors, while trying to convince Jigsaw to release his son. I really enjoyed Saw II, for what it is, a decent sequel, very gory and extremely violent. Thrilling as hell and just a bit nonsense.

    The director Darren Lynn Bousman knows how to create a tense atmosphere and also knows how to kill people. You can easily understand the pain and anxiety of these characters, that's why these films and this franchise is very succesfull, the deaths and the tension are so dreadful, the gore is used in a very violent and creative way. All here it's decent, the acting is good, the production is excellent, the script is a bit mediocre and there's enough character development, at the end there's an unexpected twist and it's awesome. Saw II is your average american horror film with lots of violence and a few twists. Visit my blog: Twitter: @MemoBosque
  7. Nov 22, 2010
    This film is not in any way thinking outside of the box. It's just very cliché.
    Now that doesn't have to be the killing blow to a
    film, there are plentiful of good films that are pretty cliché.
    However, this film is not only cliché, but have a storyline which a 14 year-old could come up with. I feel genuinely embarrassing that a grown up person comes up with something this shallow, and dare call it good film. It simply isn't a good film from a storyline perspective.

    As regard to character development, there is nearly none. It really goes to show what the real purpose is.
    The real purpose is as simple as a outlet for sadistic and primitive urges. Not that there's something wrong with that. But trying to market it as anything else than what it is, is just wrong.

    If you like blood, unrealistic scenes(in a film that tries to be realistic) and no story to speak about whatsoever, then this is a film for you.

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