(2004)

Critic Reviews

46

Metascore

Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The slasher scenes, though relatively few, are amazingly evocative for such a low-budget movie.
75
Chicago Tribune
Wan's tense, grisly cinematic morsel won't go down easy. But once it hits bottom, Saw is oddly satisfying, though the gag reflex never entirely goes away.
75
Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.
75
ReelViews
Saw is for hard-gore horror aficionados only.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
Boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Saw is a gristle-cut B psycho thriller that would like to tap the sickest corners of your imagination. It has a few moments of nightmare creepiness, but it's also derivative and messy and too nonsensical for its own good.
60
Saw is so full of twists it ends up getting snarled. For all of his flashy engineering and inventive torture scenarios, the Jigsaw Killer comes across as an amateur. Hannibal Lecter would have him for lunch.
50
It's gross as hell.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
The film is a squeamish exercise, like watching a cruel child pull the wings off flies - especially the climactic scene, which is so gory it would turn a coyote's stomach.
50
An efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through.
38
Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
25
New York Daily News
A gore movie with no teeth.

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