Saw

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    Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer abducts the morally wayward. Once captured, they must face impossible choices in a horrific game of survival. The victims must fight to win their lives back, or die trying...

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    [Its] sadism is topped only by its absurdity.

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

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

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    A strenuously morbid assembly of deranged-genius- serial-killer movie conventions cribbed from just about every popular post-Hannibal Lecter movie imaginable.

    2/5
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    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.

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    An ingenious machine for inducing terror, rage, and paralyzing unease.

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    A sick, twisted, deliriously entertaining horror thriller that rivals The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for sheer, relentless intensity.

    3/4
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    Terrifying at some moments and insinuatingly creepy at many others.

    3/4
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    Neither a deep, psychological thriller nor a mindless slasher flick, this is one skillfully made, if admittedly superficial, creepout.

    4/5
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    Saw is a lesson in the redemptive power of a clever ending, how five minutes of inspiration can compensate for an hour and a half of mediocrity.

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    There are a few cheap thrills, but not enough to make sitting through the senseless plot even remotely worthwhile.

    1/4
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    A gore movie with no teeth.

    1/4
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    Where Seven seemed to radiate diabolical evil, Saw just radiates idiocy.

    1/4
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    Its hellish extremes more oppressive than entertaining.

    2/4
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    Inventive, but ultimately flawed, film.

    2/4
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    Just another grisly puzzle with no agenda except to convince us that hell would look pretty good after spending almost two hours in this hole.

    2/4
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    An efficiently made thriller, cheerfully gruesome, and finally not quite worth the ordeal it puts us through.

    2/4
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    Saw often resembles the ghastliest editions yet of Fear Factor and Survivor and features some of the grodiest direction this side of Project Greenlight.

    2/4
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    James Wan's sadistic, Halloween-ready gore fest suggests a reality television competition like Fear Factor, carried to the nth degree of cruelty.

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    Saw carelessly underscores its own shaky narrative at every turn with its mid-budget hokiness.

    2/5
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    Saw is a marketing campaign in search of a movie.

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    What few moviegoers will like is the film's insistence on dwelling in the underbelly of taste.

    C+
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    A grisly thriller that plays like a bargain-basement rehash of other, better movies.

    D
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    The film is a squeamish exercise, like watching a cruel child pull the wings off flies.

    2/4
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    A gruesome blast of psychological horror that is so giddily pumped up with nasty hormones, you can't help but dissolve into laughter at the same time as you are hiding your eyes.

    3/4
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    The gore is relentless and in your face, and if you grew up glued to the old Universal fright flicks like I did, you won't want to miss a minute of the mayhem.

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    If you're looking for something more meaningful than visceral shocks, Saw won't cut it.

    2/4
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    Saw boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level.

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    Saw is a nasty, nasty piece of business. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

    3/4
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    The back-shelf-of-the-video-store horror geek in me was intermittently entertained.

    B-
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    James Wan's Saw starts off incomprehensibly, turns nasty in a hurry, and ultimately induces numb exhaustion.

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    On the strength of a grippingly original concept and 90 strong minutes of building action, Saw gets a recommendation, but only if you like this kind of thing.

    3/4
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    Director James Wan hits the grisly button without shame.

    2/4
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    There are cheaply effective if unoriginal scares. Filmmakers bring a certain verve to such moments; but building atmosphere and suspense is well beyond them. Ditto handling actors.

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