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The directorial debut from filmmaker James Wan, this psychological thriller comes from the first screenplay by actor Leigh Whannell, who also stars. Whannell plays Adam, one of two men chained up in a mysterious chamber. The other, Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), like Adam, has no idea how either of them got there. Neither of them are led to feel optimistic by the man lying between them dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Together, Adam and Dr. Gordon attempt to piece together what has happened to them and who the sadistic madman behind their imprisonment is. Also starring Danny Glover and Monica… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A strenuously morbid assembly of deranged-genius- serial-killer movie conventions cribbed from just about every popular post-Hannibal Lecter movie imaginable."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Inventive and diverting entertainment for fans of moody horror mysteries. And the end is cool. Say no more."
‑ , Film4
""Saw" has it all. Gore, violence, an excellent script, and top notch tension all put together with a whopper of a horror outing."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The inconsistencies and incongruities mar the overall result, but it's a fierce enough premise to excite some investors to believe this team can do better and perhaps even bloodier."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The Internet film geeks are salivating over this one. But humans who live above ground, including horror fans, will find themselves only fitfully entertained and more consistently appalled."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"More grisly than scary; not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Having lifted itself up so high in some ways, it's a shame that, in the end, the film sinks down to the level of just being another dumb horror movie."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The setup is gripping, and the suspense intense, but the third act -- the payoff for sitting through such harrowing material -- is a major misfire."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"So over the top that even the recruited audience of non-critics at my screening began to howl."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"An ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The horror genre takes a new direction using extreme violence to support a surprisingly evocative story of redemptive torture."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's a brutal, vicious, well done psychological thriller that will leave you disturbed for days."
‑ Stacie Hougland,
"we all need more Glover in our lives"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
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