San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Hackl weaves scenes from the previous films into this one in clever ways, without adding to the confusion. The director also does a good job of maintaining the dark tone, which includes FBI offices that look as if they're being illuminated by night-lights, and dungeons that look as if you'd catch a venereal disease or two just by touching the door handles.
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Entertainment Weekly

The production values have become so horror-movie shoddy that Saw V has more in common with kitsch like "Friday the 13th Part V" than the original "Saw."
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L.A. Weekly

The method to the madness of the traps turns out to be quite clever, but the rewriting of Saw mythology is the slasher equivalent of revising Star Wars so that Greedo fires at Han Solo first.
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Film Threat

This is easily the smallest-scale of the sequels, and it has the feeling of a massively shrunken budget.
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TV Guide

It's cheap, sloppy, and too jumbled up to know what it should be.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Truly, the greatest torture of all is boredom.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
By-the-numbers retread.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
This year's installment is as disappointing as a Halloween bag filled with nothing but raisins.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes "ka-ching!"
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20 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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