Saw

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
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  1. It's brutal horror, where anyone can die at any time, and gorehounds will love it. Average folks may find it too intense.
  2. Does a better-than-average job of conveying the panic and helplessness of men terrorized by a sadist in a degrading environment, but it is still not especially scary.
  3. Reviewed by: Carina Chocano
    60
    Saw is so full of twists it ends up getting snarled. For all of his flashy engineering and inventive torture scenarios, the Jigsaw Killer comes across as an amateur. Hannibal Lecter would have him for lunch.
  4. 50
    With its toilet-bobbing and blood spurting and Elwes's fey, Vincent Price–like mugging, Saw succeeds in capturing something like Takashi Miike by way of William Castle. Happy Halloween, indeed.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    50
    The film is a squeamish exercise, like watching a cruel child pull the wings off flies - especially the climactic scene, which is so gory it would turn a coyote's stomach.
  6. 50
    Wan's debut feature is a twisted, squirm-inducingly nasty bit of work, which isn't a criticism because that's exactly what he and cowriter Leigh Whannell had in mind.
  7. 50
    An efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through.
  8. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    50
    Let's just say this: It's a lucky thing I wasn't shackled to my seat in the theatre during this movie. I'd be limping home.
  9. 50
    As long as Saw stays in that big, nasty bathroom, all we need to believe is the knot in our stomachs.
  10. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    Spoiled by its own insatiable desire for envelope-pushing flair; it’s wider-scoped when it should be intimate, splashy instead of subtle, icky but not scary.
  11. Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    40
    A story that's so ridiculous you'll at least be entertained by the outrageous plot contortions to come.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 471 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 169
  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 youThis 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"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 mentalI do not like these kind of movies. Sadictic... If you like torture scenes you might have serious mental problems............................................................................. Full Review »