Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
  2. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    33
    What makes Saw so awful is that it starts with a clever premise and then completely blows it.
  3. 30
    Saw has its moments, and most of them are brutal in the extreme, but ultimately it's one tremendous misfire that will either leave you laughing or, possibly, gagging. Not what I'd call a winning combination.
  4. 30
    Though dumber than a box of rocks, Saw forges ahead with the kind of conviction and energy that will keep bad-cinema junkies sitting bolt upright.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    30
    A crude concoction sewn together from the severed parts of prior horror/serial killer pics.
  6. But humans who live above ground, including horror fans, will find themselves only fitfully entertained and more consistently appalled.
  7. 25
    Where "Seven" seemed to radiate diabolical evil, Saw just radiates idiocy.
  8. A gore movie with no teeth.
  9. 25
    Promoted as "the year's scariest movie," it's anything but.
  10. 20
    Sicko horror film from Australia, whose sadism is topped only by its absurdity.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 335 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 162
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    This movie mentally abuses you and un till it makes you scream like a little child because of it's never suspected plot..it's making you shiver all over. I watched the last scene 5 times when I watched this movie. ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES EVER MADE!! Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    6
    "Saw" is a gruesome film that lacks the depth and development within the movie. However, the frantic, thrilling ride with a refreshing twist in the end scores the points for "Saw". Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    1
    I do not like these kind of movies. Sadictic... If you like torture scenes you might have serious mental problems............................................................................. Full Review »