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Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is back, and this time he's concocted his deadliest set of traps yet in this gore-soaked sequel written by James Wan and Leigh Whannell, and directed by Saw II's Darren Lynn Bousman. Picking up directly where its predecessor left off, Saw III finds Jigsaw near death and fighting to stay alive for one final game. Determined to show his protégé, Amanda (Shawnee Smith), what it truly means to carry out his deadly game, the ailing Jigsaw instructs his apprentice to kidnap unsuspecting doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) in order to ensure that he survives long enough to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'"
‑ Rob Nelson, Village Voice
"The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"The extreme gore is gratuitous, and character development non-existent in a movie packed with the cookie-cutter visual design of the previous two films. Torturer, victim and audience become one."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Nihilistic, amoral, self-congratulatory wanking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Because of its efforts to make sense of the previous entries and even attempt an earnest parable about forgiveness, Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Witness the distortion of the series' original premise bastardized by those who believe they know better."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Staying mostly faithful to the successful blueprint of its two earlier installments, Saw III is an adequate sequel that works well enough on its own terms."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"Starts with an interesting premise but quickly squanders it on the usual barely-glimpsed bloodbaths."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Even splatter-film buffs should be offended by this piece of nonsense: Not because it's so gross, but because it's so dumb."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The power of "Saw III" lies not in the gore, torture, or tension, but in the relationship between Amanda and Jigsaw."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Face your fears. A lesson worthy of praise, if the film preaching them weren't so completely full of s***."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"One of the most sadistic, brutal, grisly films of the current splatter-porn genre."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
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