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  • Summary: Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying. (Lions Gate Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    90
    May be the best independent horror film to have come out since "The Blair Witch Project." It's certainly better than "Blair Witch", and more fun, more gruesome, and more macabre. In a very delightful way.
  2. Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Less a classical narrative than an ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease.
  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. 50
    As long as Saw stays in that big, nasty bathroom, all we need to believe is the knot in our stomachs.
  6. 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.
  7. 20
    Sicko horror film from Australia, whose sadism is topped only by its absurdity.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 158
  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!! Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    10
    I think its easily one of the greatest and original horror films of all time. It features a very interesting plot, the acting is good, and the horror is great. This is a must see horror film. Expand
  3. Mar 3, 2014
    9
    Saw is for me the best modern horror movie! It's interesting from start to finish, you can feel for the characters and it has a dark atmosphere. These things get unfortunately lost in the last sequels. Expand
  4. Feb 8, 2012
    8
    I truly don't care that the metacritic score is 46, this movie will go down as a classic in the horror genre. It was a breath of fresh air in a genre that relies on remakes of it's heyday. The twists and turns at the end make for a truly amazing thriller/horror/torture flick. Expand
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    7
    Let me start off by saying that I am not at all a fan of horror movies. But, "Saw" however, manaGed to convince me thAt it's different in a good way. FroM start to finish, the movie is about two people being locked up in an abandonEd bathroom together, no clue where they are Or how they got there. Ofcourse, in decent moVie fashion, that is explained, and the closer you get to the end, the morE it'll surprise you. It pleasantly suRprised me, and as someone who is terrified by disgusting horror, I must say, this one felt quite unique. Expand
  6. Sep 3, 2010
    7
    Two men wake up to find they're chained to pipes either side of a room without really knowing why. Clues are slowly revealed as they are part of some sadistic "game".
    Second time I've seen it & it's still a decent horror film. Clever in parts but some of the acting is pretty bad.
    And Cary Elwes will always be Wesley in the Princess Bride for me.
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  7. Jan 28, 2013
    1
    I do not like these kind of movies. Sadictic... If you like torture scenes you might have serious mental problems............................................................................. Expand

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