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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.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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Score distribution:
  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. 75
    Saw is for hard-gore horror aficionados only.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Less a classical narrative than an ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 20
    Sicko horror film from Australia, whose sadism is topped only by its absurdity.

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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!! Collapse
  2. Oct 31, 2014
    10
    i do not understand why critics are hating saw , its fun a film its a classic with blood , crime and suspense. Its awesome saw is the topi do not understand why critics are hating saw , its fun a film its a classic with blood , crime and suspense. Its awesome saw is the top horror movie of the century thats why Saw needed a sequel the franchise needed to keep the franchise going without writer leigh whannell and director James Wan there would be No saw. Grade Expand
  3. TC
    Oct 10, 2007
    9
    This movie is in no way perfect but its exciting and most importantly fun to watch. if you love movies were they have you think this is a This movie is in no way perfect but its exciting and most importantly fun to watch. if you love movies were they have you think this is a movie to watch especially the sequels. I can almost garantee that you will enjoy this movie if you love getting excited, disturb, and just plain out scared of what might happen next. I can't wait for Saw IV! Expand
  4. SpiderA.
    Jan 21, 2008
    7
    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 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
    7
    Saw is a good movie. But is pretty boring.
  6. Nov 27, 2013
    5
    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 wasNow, 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
    0
    Stupid pointless and sickening eben though all th Saw movies have awesome endings.

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