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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%

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"How such a cruelly empty and infantile movie got made is mystery enough. More puzzling is why Cary Elwes, Danny Glover and Monica Potter would sign on as co-stars."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Why see Saw? Because it has teeth and it cuts to the bone."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"The horror flick Saw started a chain-Saw of sequels and that is now one of the most successful of the chop-and-slash variety. It's not a bad way to spend a Halloween evening."
‑ Gary Wolcott, Tri-City Herald
"[A] contrived, unlovable gore-fest with a high-concept premise."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"As a study in the macabre, it barely suffices; as a sick and bloody joke, it's bloody sick."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"James Wan's horror film Saw is full of demented twists and guilty-looking actors, but the scenario is cruel enough to make you squirm."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"It is all, of course, total nonsense. But for horror fans it's good nonsense, in the way that a creepy urban legend told by flashlight in a tent at 2 a.m. can be fine and dandy nonsense."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Just when you think you've got it sussed, the movie throws in some audacious twists, resulting in one of the most memorable climaxes in recent screen history."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"[Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"So over the top that even the recruited audience of non-critics at my screening began to howl."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Saw is a sub-Se7en B-movie serial killer chiller with more high concepts stuffed into its 100 minutes than it can handle."
‑ Mike Goodridge, Screen International
"There's something impressively loathsome and extravagantly twisted about this horror-thriller from first-timer James Wan."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A pared-down psychological thriller with an ingenious hook, this grubby little B-movie gets straight As for effort."
‑ , Total Film
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