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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) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Heidi Martinuzzi
    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
    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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  1. Negative: 32 out of 163
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    This movie mentally abuses you and un till it makes you scream like a little child because of it's never suspected'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. Dec 4, 2012
    I am a fan of various movie genres and Saw is the best ever made with the strongest twist which leads to a sarcastic laugh considering a rating of 4.6/10 from the critics! This is absolutely not right. Current IMDB user rating is 7.7/10 with above 180.000 ratings which does not quite comply with the "experts" of 4.6. A big gap in here. 265 critics 4.6 rating against 180.000 users 7.7 rating. What makes the critics in sooth?! Oh, yeah. Marlon Brando is not in it. Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2011
    I love the plot and Saw's unique concept of being an independent splatter film. It is no doubt the best torture porn film series of all. The acting is not magnificent, but still considerably acceptable. And some of scenes are quite memorable and worth watching if you are into gore and twist endings. Expand
  4. SpiderA.
    Jan 21, 2008
    A well made thriller, good for horror fans. A bit overacted at times, but a good waste of an hour and a half. People should check out the superior sequels as well. Expand
  5. JacobH.
    Sep 28, 2007
    Saw is a good movie. But is pretty boring.
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    Now, before you read this, keep in mind I've seen all of the saw movies, and I'm a fan of the series. Now, onto the review: This movie was horrible. I know it's the first out of the seven movies, and it's explaining everything, but are you kidding me... no... just no.... boring, and useless. Some of the movie was okay, but no... like, maybe twenty percent was okay, but the other eighty percent big no. Expand
  7. zach
    Oct 19, 2009
    Stupid pointless and sickening eben though all th Saw movies have awesome endings.

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