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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 28
  2. Negative: 10 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    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. Saw II, despite the swift turnaround time, improves on all of the first film's problem areas, while leaving intact everything that was good about the concept.
  3. It's clear this sequel (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman) doesn't have the same smartness (I speak relatively) of the original. Nonetheless, "Saw" fans can still look forward to involuntary incineration, wrist and throat slashing, bullets through brains and the bashing of someone's head with a nail-festooned club.
  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. 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.
  7. 0
    Comes to life only when it reprises elements from the original movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 106
  2. Negative: 25 out of 106
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    10
    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 horrorI 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. Geacag.
    Oct 30, 2005
    10
    This is the best.
  3. KellyW
    Nov 18, 2005
    9
    The plot is again stellar, and the tension is even more gripping than in the last film!!
  4. WallyS.
    Dec 8, 2005
    7
    Dissapointing, considering the original movie was sensacional, but this sequel lacks the good plot of the original, and the characters here Dissapointing, considering the original movie was sensacional, but this sequel lacks the good plot of the original, and the characters here are highly superficial, played by actors horribly and directed with no inspiration. What saves the movie are the stong and gory scenes that to me looked very cool, but otherwise it is a completly trash film. Expand
  5. CurtH.
    Nov 3, 2005
    6
    I think the movie was alright, but it could have been way better. The "games" that the jigsaw killer used in the first movie were much I think the movie was alright, but it could have been way better. The "games" that the jigsaw killer used in the first movie were much better. I think they shouldn't have grouped that many people in one house for the main plot. I also think that the first "game" with the nail mask was almost better than the rest of the movie. Expand
  6. TylerD.
    Feb 18, 2006
    4
    What a let down. The first movie is so much better than Saw II. It tried way too hard and the ending seemed very forced. You can tell the What a let down. The first movie is so much better than Saw II. It tried way too hard and the ending seemed very forced. You can tell the director was changed. What a horrible ending. It turned from good to a shitty episode of CSI in minutes. I was looking foward to seeing this so much, and I have to say I'm extremely disappointing. If Saw III comes out, which I'm sure it will, let's hope it goes back to it's roots. Sure, Saw II had it's scary and disturbing parts, but the other parts of the movie just seemed poorly acted. Very poorly acted. The ending was just...ugh. I can't even begin to explain how bad it was. Forced is one word that comes to mind. Another? Well...very, very bad. Better luck next time, Darren Bousman. Better luck next time. Expand
  7. MattG.
    Oct 25, 2005
    0
    The first film was a disaster and one of the worst films of the year and the 2nd does no better.

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