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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

The contest is close, but Saw II is just barely a better B flick than "Saw."
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though the overall effect feels a little anemic compared with its predecessor, the ads promise blood, and - oh yes - there is blood.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
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.
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
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.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Vilely violent, Saw 2 is the Phnom Penh of splatter movies.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The product of immaturity. It approaches suffering with a meaninglessness that must be a luxury for anyone who has never lost anyone, or is incapable of empathizing with someone who has.
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40 out of 100
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