Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 4 out of 16
  1. 80
    That may not exactly thrill those who admire the Saw films only for their splatter quotient, but all told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than "Babel."
  2. Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time.
  3. While Saw III provides a decent number of new twists, psychological as well as torture-wise, it necessarily lacks the originality of its predecessors.
  4. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    63
    The question for moviegoers: Would you rather get your dose of existenz-philosophie from Dostoyevsky or a slasher flick?
  5. 63
    An improvement over the tedious "Saw II" (2005), this second sequel to the surprise 2004 hit still features the series' trademark gruesome "games" but shifts the focus to the relationships among the characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    60
    Bottom line, those in the "Saw" factory know their audience and have brought along the appropriate buckets and bibs. Even devotees, however, may note pacing problems and tire of Jigsaw's selective omnipotence.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    60
    Unlike the disturbingly mysterious original, Saw III is a neatly wrapped-up package that explains everything -- including Jigsaw's evil contraptions and the background of his crazed female assistant.
  8. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    The presence of some genuine feeling distinguishes Saw III from its predecessors. That said, it has plenty of the blood, torture and dismemberment that moviegoers demand from their Halloween weekend entertainment.
  9. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    50
    As much as you'd like the characters to become better people and beat Jigsaw's game, there is also a strong desire simply to watch violent spectacle. And somehow, there just isn't enough of the latter.
  10. 50
    Pop psychology has never been as visceral as it is in Saw III.
  11. 50
    Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note.
  12. The most depressing thing about this series is not the creativity of the bloodletting but the bleak view of human nature.
  13. Just like its increasingly wan antihero, this blood-soaked series is on its last legs.
  14. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    30
    This is laughably absurd, but unlike the first "Saw," the third installment gives no indication that its humor is intentional.
  15. While "Saw" and "Saw II" were pretty good splatter films hampered by spectacularly unbelievable endings, Saw III is annoying for almost the duration of the movie.
  16. 25
    Television is a state of mind. And the makers of Saw III have delivered the most despicable episode of "One Life to Live" ever.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 220 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 66
  2. Negative: 17 out of 66
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    Surprisingly despite the gruesome cinematography and a cynically unexplained plot, "Saw 3" bests the its other 2 prequels by focusing deeply into character depth. Although the depth is shallow, at least they tried. Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2014
    7
    Saw III is just too long for the story, but the characters are pretty good and I'm glad they didn't focus on the traps. Nevertheless one trap with the naked woman doesn't fit in the series, because it's the only erotic scene! Full Review »
  3. Feb 27, 2014
    6
    Back on track after the second one. The story is an improvement and the ending is clever. The series is better when there is more storytelling and focus on the relationship instead of people just trying to survive. Also I must point out that the score or the theme music used in this movie is unforgettable. However, due to the extreme gore throughout this movie it is not for everyone even those who have the strongest of stomach's might turn away. In the end this is a big improvement from the second and only slightly worse than the first, I give it 61.0/100 (above average) Full Review »