(2005)

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Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
New York Post
Jigsaw is a wickedly fun villain, if you can put aside the implausibility of a guy who likes to saunter away from his deathbed to kidnap younger, stronger people and devise medieval torture chambers.
70
The Hollywood Reporter
The killer himself takes a far more prominent role in this edition, and as played by the superb Tobin Bell he's quite a memorable creation.
67
Entertainment Weekly
The contest is close, but Saw II is just barely a better B flick than "Saw."
50
Basically, this is a really good movie until the last part, where director and co-writer Darren Lynn Bousman ruins so much so fast that you'll wonder if his actions are deliberate -- or if the studio interfered.
50
New York Daily News
Though the overall effect feels a little anemic compared with its predecessor, the ads promise blood, and - oh yes - there is blood.
50
Unfortunately, that imagination flags early in the first sequel to the grisly 2004 sleeper hit, though the bang-up ending nearly makes it all worthwhile and it opens with a set piece worthy of its predecessor.
38
Whether we're talking this go-round, the original or the second sequel the finale seems to promise, I'd rather try standing drunk on a see-saw (though maybe not over dirty syringes) than see Saw.
38
Miami Herald
The explanation for all this mayhem eludes me, and even a lame last-minute twist isn't enough to cover the fact that Jigsaw ain't as clever as the movie thinks he is.
25
Philadelphia Inquirer
Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
25
Chicago Tribune
It's not a film, it's an excuse to show victims bleeding at the mouth, or getting shot in the eye, or plucking out their own eyeballs. Most gruesome of all, the sequel oozes dialogue that is best described as "functional."
25
Premiere
Finally, a horror movie for the reality TV generation. Saw II feels like an episode of "Fear Factor" or "Big Brother" with Rob Zombie at the helm, and if that doesn't scare you away from this ridiculous movie, well, feel free to indulge your questionable tastes.

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