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  • Summary: With his new apprentice Amanda (Smith), Jigsaw, the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police, has once again eluded capture and vanished. While two city detectives scramble to locate him, they are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard. (Lionsgate) Expand
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  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. While Saw III provides a decent number of new twists, psychological as well as torture-wise, it necessarily lacks the originality of its predecessors.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    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.
  6. Just like its increasingly wan antihero, this blood-soaked series is on its last legs.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 67
  2. Negative: 17 out of 67
  1. MatthewT.
    Sep 16, 2007
    It's Amanda's story and is really pretty brilliant and heartbreaking. It's the best of the three.
  2. Marlowe
    Oct 29, 2006
    Although some of the scenes were quite out-played and over done. It was, in my opinion, the best movie since "The Lobsterman From Mars" or "Killer Klowns From Outer Space." Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    Ok Saw II was pretty crap, Saw III however goes back to what made the original great. It begins to continue the story of detective Matthews but then loses itself in an even bigger story, someone is copying the Jigsaw killings but giving their victims no hope of escape. With Jigsaw on his death bed dying of a brain tumour and his apprentice Amanda being a pretty stubborn **** a doctor and her husband must play their own games to earn back their lives. Though the plot is pretty crappy the traps are nice and finally some good gore rather than the **** few litres of blood we have been used to over the past couple of years. Intestines, brains and even some mulched up pigs are thrown into the line up with the most disgusting Saw yet. Expand
  4. Feb 27, 2014
    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) Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2012
    If the series ended here it could have been a very good horror franchise, becuase Saw III fits very well. It may seem like another re hash of Saw and Saw II, and watching people suffer is not really a sight for the eyes, but excluding that Saw III is actually quite good. Lightly brushing over ideas of human choice (much like Saw , and Saw II), and having a tense story line its quite a ride, although surprisingly you are actually more on edge not watching the traps but Jigsaw, Lynne and Amanda's story. By no means a horror masterpiece, and will no way win any acting awards, it still a thrill ride, but if it had just gone that bit deeper into the humanity and decision side of things instead of caring about the worse ways someone could die. Expand
  6. VeraA.
    Oct 30, 2006
    Stylish and impressive, but that's only for a horror movie. It achives cheap scares through old tricks and new gore but really leaves you dissapointed at the end. Lets hope 4,5 and 6 are better than the first three. My ratings for the movies thus far: Saw -7.1 Saw ||- 3.4 Saw |||- 3.9. The first was the best because it played with real character development and showed plot twists while achiving low-budget but brillant scares and always keeping you intrested with good acting. The second was only there for the purpose of money and proved to be a complete waste of time: Watching people brutally suffer for pleasure while showing no real plot and just making the viewer sligtly disturbed with ketchup gore. The Third: A girl takes control of the killing making it more fun. But the unorginal scares and copy-cat script makes the movie dull and uneffective. The gore is real but not revolutionary and the acting is all together dreadful. The Saws, in general, suck. Expand
  7. RobinH.
    Oct 28, 2006
    Why would anybody find pleasure in this sick and boring fest of unnessacary gore and unresulting terror. This movie may be grim, but it is not scary. It is simply a brillant load of garbage. Worst flop of 2006. Well of course its #1 in the box office for the first week but so was grudge 2 and that fell apart after three seconds. Expand

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