Saw (2004)

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.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 29, 2004
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Saw is more than nasty enough for genre junkies, but far too twisted, gory, and shallow for more discerning horror fans.

David Germain
Associated Press

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.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Why see Saw? Because it has teeth and it cuts to the bone.

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Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Saw has art-house ambitions, but it's nothing but a glorified snuff film. I despised this movie.

James Christopher
Times (UK)

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

So over the top that even the recruited audience of non-critics at my screening began to howl.

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Mike Goodridge
Screen International

Saw is a sub-Se7en B-movie serial killer chiller with more high concepts stuffed into its 100 minutes than it can handle.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
not a fan of the gore fest horror films that this movie started generating but this was a decent movie. The twist to me was slightly unrealistic as how could a… More
Dan Schultz
A gritty, dirty, and intense horror movie with superb acting from Leigh Whannel and Cary Elwes as two men chained inside an abandoned bathroom, wondering how… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A gruesome, perverse and uncomfortably macabre movie that is also really ingenious and gripping when it comes to the twisted motivations behind the… More
Eric Shankle
Interesting story with some cool twists but the acting is absolutely terrible. Of course, this is only the beginning of a money-making sequel shitfest, and it… More
Wildaly M
Apart from the many plot holes, I think this is decent gore film.
Directors Cat
[img][/img] Saw is a difficult film to review. Though the plot is intriguing as well as, a… More