Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 13 out of 33
  1. 38
    This new, presumably improved Chainsaw is just as humorless as the original, but it's also slicker, glossier and resoundingly artificial.
  2. Simply go out and rent the original. In the thin ranks of killer-power-tool flicks, it's still the standard to beat.
  3. 25
    Significantly more gruesome and noisy than its predecessor, and boasting more nasty-looking fluids than all the works of David Fincher combined, this version leaves few corpses unturned in its unstinting campaign to please gorehounds.
  4. I don't know if Nispel and Scott Kosar, who make their feature film debuts here, are the worst director and writer in the world, though they might well represent the United States if anyone holds a competition. I do know they deliver a total of zero laughs, scares or surprises in this remake of the infamously creepy 1974 picture.
  5. A contemptible film: Vile, ugly and brutal. There is not a shred of a reason to see it.
  6. 20
    This new SAW film is so utterly unimaginative it doesn't even count as hommage; it's just a smudgy copy of a still chilling original.
  7. 33
    For those who've seen the original, no surprises will be unearthed other than an altered story (not for the better) and more gore.
  8. Efforts to expand the envelope of grotesquery make the film repulsive and suspenseless, and it sorely misses original director Tobe Hooper's grisly, wily sense of humor.
  9. An overproduced, video-director remake, slick and grue-marinated and loud as a sonic boom.
  10. 30
    Rather than exhilaration, this bilious film offers only entrapment and despair. It's about as much fun as sitting in on an autopsy.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    30
    Initially promising, but quickly disappointing.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    30
    Weakens, dilutes, disinfects and otherwise undermines the legacy of Tobe Hooper's 1974 original.
  13. Offers the same crudely effective variation on the hatred and fear of hillbillies in "Deliverance."
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 83
  2. Negative: 22 out of 83
  1. Sep 22, 2011
    3
    Terrible, just terrible. What Marcus Nispel demonstrated throughout the movie is how much blood he can present to the audience and how far hisTerrible, just terrible. What Marcus Nispel demonstrated throughout the movie is how much blood he can present to the audience and how far his movie can fall into the Abyss of failure. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2010
    0
    Just gross gore. There is NOTHING scary about this film. Films like this ought not be called 'horrors,' since they just gross people out.Just gross gore. There is NOTHING scary about this film. Films like this ought not be called 'horrors,' since they just gross people out. There is not a single psychologically frightening scene in this film... Made for teenagers, really. Full Review »
  3. AndrewG
    Aug 7, 2009
    2
    Hardly produces a scare, or even a minute thrill. Poorly acted, poorly directed, and on a whole, very poor.