Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 13
  2. Negative: 9 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Jan 27, 2013
    Hackl weaves scenes from the previous films into this one in clever ways, without adding to the confusion. The director also does a good job of maintaining the dark tone, which includes FBI offices that look as if they're being illuminated by night-lights, and dungeons that look as if you'd catch a venereal disease or two just by touching the door handles.
  2. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    The production values have become so horror-movie shoddy that Saw V has more in common with kitsch like "Friday the 13th Part V" than the original "Saw."
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    The method to the madness of the traps turns out to be quite clever, but the rewriting of Saw mythology is the slasher equivalent of revising Star Wars so that Greedo fires at Han Solo first.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Mendelson
    This is easily the smallest-scale of the sequels, and it has the feeling of a massively shrunken budget.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeremy Wheeler
    It's cheap, sloppy, and too jumbled up to know what it should be.
  6. 30
    Truly, the greatest torture of all is boredom.
  7. 25
    Devotes so much time and energy to flashbacks and recycling footage from its predecessors that it threatens to implode.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
  9. This year's installment is as disappointing as a Halloween bag filled with nothing but raisins.
  10. 12
    Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes "ka-ching!"
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    A particularly dull and discombobulated affair, shot and acted with all the flair of a basic-cable procedural. Patterson and Mandylor are so wooden that their cat-and-mouse game has all the excitement of watching dust bunnies swirl in an air current.
  12. 10
    Skips back and forth in time, trying to piece together who did what, when and why. The only question really worth asking here: Who cares?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 80
  2. Negative: 29 out of 80
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    My god...I can't believe they dragged a brilliant film into a **** up franchise with exaggerated Cliches and preposterous plot twists. "SawMy god...I can't believe they dragged a brilliant film into a **** up franchise with exaggerated Cliches and preposterous plot twists. "Saw 5", a disgusting movie filled with 'gore' but no 'horror', precisely proves my statement. You have to stop your game, Jigsaw. It's not scary anymore Full Review »
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I believe this was one of the best saw movies, it demonstrated what a human being would do in situations effectively. It has us on the edge of our seat on who will be the last man standing and sums up with an excellent twist. Full Review »
  3. IvelinMatev
    Dec 29, 2009
    great movie!