75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The slasher scenes, though relatively few, are amazingly evocative for such a low-budget movie.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
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.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Boasts an undeniably original premise and clever plot machinations that lift it several notches above the usual slasher film level.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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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.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's gross as hell.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As long as Saw stays in that big, nasty bathroom, all we need to believe is the knot in our stomachs.
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38

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Becomes exceedingly disgusting when it wallows in the psychological torture of a child, a no-no under any circumstances.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A gore movie with no teeth.
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46 out of 100
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