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  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. "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
  2. Nov 8, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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. Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2010
    Fails explicitly to live up to the success of the third, the franchise has now tumbled into what it was trying to avoid to be in the first place - pure, narcissistic blood-gushing torture porn. The moral of the story is now overlooked and almost neglected, and each scene is all about wanting to please the mentally-unstable gore fans.
  4. Aug 23, 2010
    The fifth installment in the Saw series.
    Again this is similar to the fourth one where it relies on flashbacks to link up the story so nothing really new. One or two nice traps again but the acting is dreadful. The tag line was "You won't believe how it ends" & it should have been "You won't believe how bad the acting is".
  5. Oct 19, 2010
    it won't bring new fans to the franchise, but Saw V is definitely worth a try.
  6. Nov 25, 2011
    It was actualyl rather fine, Probably one of the best in the series. Solid acting by the cast, Traps that didnt just focus on violence but really the idea of actual vengence and paying retribution towards the wrongs that the people in the traps commited. It ended perfectly imo.
  7. May 22, 2011
    With John dead and his apprentice Hoffman taking over his legacy, I was worried this would be the worst Saw movie yet, but, while not perfect, he may be a great replacement, as his intelligence is almost on John's level, and his "games" are just as interesting, my only complaints are that when it shifts back and forth through time, it's a little jarring, as you never know when it's going to happen, but Hoffman has definitely proved he could have what it takes to be the next Jigsaw. Expand
  8. Jun 17, 2012
    Repeated instalments do little to lessen the impact of Jigsaw's "games", and new director David Hackl (promoted from his previous position as the franchise production designer) makes every scene look appropriately unpleasant. The new villain, ex-cop Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) who has adopted Jigsaw's mantle, is far less scary, and a little bland in comparison to the layered and complex original Jigsaw and his terrifying protege Amanda. The explanation for Hoffman's monstrous actions are also not particularly satisfying or convincing - seemingly we're just meant to accept that he kills people because he had a bad day. Tobin Bell's scenes in flashback, a staple of the series since his character's death, are still the highlight, the cherry on top of a rather underwhelming cake. The victims in this film are all thoroughly unlikeable, two-dimensional and annoying, and you'll probably be begging for them to be killed off more rapidly. The plot generally holds your attention, and meets the quota for grisly thrills, but it doesn't advance the main story of the series very far, feeling more like Saw 4.5 than an entirely new installment, and the attempts by writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan at social commentary is laughable. At least the ending of the film is decent, and while not as unexpected as the first film's brilliant finale, it is at least visually striking and memorable, and allows Mandylor to to prove he has the potential to develop into a more frightening horror movie villain in the future. Though it still delivers what you watch a Saw film for - gore and unpleasantness, Saw V is largely forgettable, though it is a step up from the hugely inconsistent Saw IV. I find myself quite sad that series creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell have reduced their involvement to that of executive producers, as their energy, warped creativity and tight control over their intellectual property is sorely missed. Expand
  9. Dec 5, 2011
    Actually pretty good, Finally a film that focused more on acting then on horror. David Hackl did a wonderful job as director and its a shame he didnt do anymore films. The acting was good and the leads were great. The traps were not that scary (the final one was though) but it had a greater overall meaning then pretty much any other trap in the series. Overall it was pretty good.
  10. Feb 9, 2012
    Mandylor and Patterson have an amazing back and forth (similar to Bell and Wahlberg in Saw 2) and it works perfectly through out the film. The traps are not scary though, Rather generic imo as well but the story behind the plot is interesting. The general plot (outside the traps) is interesting as well. What makes this film so good is Mandylor and Patterson, Its a must watch just to see the two of them go against each other. Expand
  11. Oct 30, 2012
    Ok another year another Saw film. Saw V actually is probably the best out of the newer films simply because it was just mindless fun. It seems that the convoluted crime drama plot is wearing thin so I cant even be bothered to follow it anymore and im just watching it for the kills. This film is something about Detective Hoffman and that bloke from IV who didn't die (if you know who im on about kudos to you) sort of fighting each other to prove that the other is the Jigsaw killer when we already know who out of the two is the killer and it becomes a bit silly. Anyway some pretty good deaths especially in the final scene that was **** hard to watch but yet again, for the clingy fans. Expand
  12. Nov 2, 2013
    Ok, I really just don't see the point of continuing on with the Saw series. "Saw IV" was already garbage and guess what? "Saw V" is even worse. It's dull and sloppily filmed as if the budget has shrunken massively. "Saw V" is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious.
  13. May 3, 2013
    Beyond this I only liked the Pendulum and Agent Strahm's death it was not good at all. But put all five movies together that this can enter the trash DVD list. I am still hoping that Saw VI is better.
  14. Mar 4, 2014
    If you thought the last one of series was bad get ready for this one. This movie has two stories that do not relate to each other whatsoever. Similar to the last one there is a story that uncovers the truth of the Jigsaw character and another where people are in his games. There is little known about that characters or their background especially those involved in the game. The other story again displays that hard police work is somehow a negative. Those who work the hardest and get closer to solving the case seem to suspect number one. Also for all those gore fans out there, this has less gore and it is under budget. Bad story, bad characters, bad actors, bad pacing gives this movie a 41.4 out of 100. Expand
  15. Mar 4, 2014
    The fight between Hoffman and Strahm is well done, but it's too long. I also enjoyed the meetings between John Kramer and Hoffman. The first trap is very intense and the last one my favourite trap. So it's a little bit better than Saw IV for me.
  16. Sep 4, 2014
    "Saw V" is a low point in the series, but it's not the worst. The acting is pretty bad, and the story is somewhat boring. The traps scenes are great, though. I can only recommend this one for die hard fans of the series.

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

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  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. This year's installment is as disappointing as a Halloween bag filled with nothing but raisins.
  3. By-the-numbers retread.