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Saw

2004
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 43m
Obsessed with teaching his victims the value of life, a deranged, sadistic serial killer is abducting morally wayward people and forcing them to play horrific games for their own survival. Faced with impossible choices, each victim must struggle to win back his/her life, or else die trying. (Lions Gate Films)
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Saw

2004
Suspense/Thriller
Crime
1h 43m
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Rated 11 Jan 2009
50
10th
I think I finally get it: the "Saw" movies are cinematic meth. The camerawork and editing is jittery and paranoid. They broker in excitable themes that probably seemed profound at their conception but in the harsh light of day are actually quite mundane. The set design, lighting, and color all leave the taste of Clorox in your mouth. And they are very, very bad for you. Sitting through five sequels of a shitty nu-horror franchise isn't normal... but on "Saw" it is.
Rated 03 Aug 2008
81
76th
I think people would be inclined to rank this higher had it not been for the horrible franchise it spawned. I still like it though.
Rated 08 Mar 2008
12
6th
One of the best trailers and ad campaigns in recent years, which amounted to terribly-acted-serial-killer-twist-ending-movie #83. To call it a disappointment is to be much too forgiving to this kind of trash.
Rated 06 Dec 2007
67
35th
Better than I had expected, with some tense and unnerving scenes. But honestly some of the character decisions are so stupid and unbelievable that it becomes irritatingly obvious that the film just wants to find reasons to keep the torture going without bothering with the context.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
88
86th
I think this original one is a tight, clever thriller. I have since fallen in love with the style that James Wan brings to each of his films. The only thing missing was what should have been Cary Elwes last line, "As you wish."
Rated 20 Feb 2007
68
49th
Great visuals and horror movie atmosphere but some of the acting is pretty bad and the twist is very unimpressive.
Rated 12 Oct 2020
84
45th
I was expecting the torture porn that this series' reputation is built upon, but this ended up being a psychological thriller and a good one at that. Seeing the two leads piece things together and trying to outsmart the serial killer is pretty entertaining and they deliver the performances well enough. Parts of this reminded me of Se7en, which isn't a bad thing. You can definitely feel the small budget at times, and one has to wonder if these men really deserve this. Still, this is great.
Rated 15 Apr 2015
62
32nd
I bet Amazon sees a lot of bundle orders of Saw DVDs and Limp Bizkit posters.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
29
14th
Anyone that likes this has never actually seen a good movie. Stick that in your saw and smoke it.
Rated 25 Jul 2017
75
65th
The trap scenes do this bad fast motion effect that is poison. Murtaugh cannon ???
Rated 03 Sep 2007
31
8th
Has anyone actually seen such bad acting in such a big hollywood movie ?? Cary Elwes was terrible as was the twist at the end. Of course no one saw it comming, but I think they put the twist at the end to disguise what a bad movie this really is. The scenario was so terrible, characters miraculously remebering what happened to them (BAM !!, another flashback)... This is just violence for no reason, there is no underlying theme, .... a bad B-film sold as a big budget production.
Rated 01 Nov 2012
83
71st
The acting in this leaves a lot to be inspired, especially from the two leads. The movie makes it for it with a fantastic atmosphere and slow unraveling of it's intricate plot. There are some legitimately tense moments in this movie and the twist is clever. My dislike of most of the Saw franchise does not keep this movie from being creative and well made.
Rated 03 Jul 2019
9
95th
Never understood how this first one never resonated with critics, especially compared to other horror films, but this has to at least go down as one of the more influential horror films of all time. It's pretty self contained, creepy, and if you're stomach can handle it obviously, quite gory. Not the biggest fan in using gore to push your movie, but Wan actually makes it feel like it's in the background, unlike the others. On top of that twist, Saw borderlines on a classic for me.
Rated 28 Apr 2011
35
10th
Feels like a bad, overlong CSI episode with more gore.
Rated 29 May 2007
7
57th
Remember seeing it for the first time a couple of years ago...I have to admit the acting was sometimes horrible, but I love that ending.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
70
26th
At first I thought it was awesome, but the story falls apart when you actually begin to think about it. And the acting was horrible.
Rated 01 Jul 2007
20
1st
A movie that seems to think it's much deeper than it actually has any hope of actually being. The camera and editing trick wear out their welcome long before the story descends into absolute nonsense. I really hate this movie.
Rated 29 May 2009
35
9th
Saw was pretty much what I expected from it: a pretty boring "horror" film about some people stuck in chains that wasn't really scary at all, had a plot that made little to no sense, featured annoying music, and mediocre acting at best. In short, Saw was another one of those brainless gory movies that I'll have forgotten about next week.
Rated 31 Jul 2012
2
46th
Stomach churning, nerve shredding, sickening and that's just the bad acting and plot holes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
87th
Likely the best horror movie ever
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
34th
Terrible acting and RIDICULOUS MTV cinematography holds this movie back from being good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
90th
Saw reinvented horror just a few years into the 21st century, and has already spawned a boatload of similar, stylish, psychological thrill-gorefests.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
61
6th
Predictable, laughably over-directed and under-acted garbage.
Rated 26 Feb 2012
36
4th
Isn't it great, when a flashback comes completely out of the blue and the characters say things like: "Oh, wait... now I remember".
Rated 10 Sep 2009
65
42nd
When you wake up in fucked up bathroom with your leg chained to a wall and you can't remember how you got there, it usually means you've just had a cracking good piss-up the night before. The fact this movie doesn't celebrate that makes it a bit of a killjoy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
23rd
It's bad, laughably bad. But entertaining (very entertaining).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
17th
Horribly acted horror film with no scares, an incredibly predictable ending, and production values of a TV movie. Writers and director seemed to think this was a very smat film...it's SE7EN for mentally challenged pre-teens.
Rated 28 Nov 2008
52
28th
I love the concept behind Jigsaw, but my taste for this series lives and dies with him. I have no care to see anything outside of what little character development is given towards him, and the pointless gore and "clever" traps grow tiresome very quickly.
Rated 06 May 2008
78
49th
It promised to be the next great serial killer thriller since se7en. That it was definitely NOT. What it was was a unique take on the horror killer genre with nice mind games and a satisfying twist at the end. Unfortunately it spawned a series of gore-porn sequels that will never amount to what the first film did.
Rated 18 Oct 2010
80
96th
Anyone who says they saw the twist coming is a FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT NO GOOD LIAR BASTARD OF A BITCH AND I'LL "VAN DAMME" THEIR GOD DAMN HEAD OFF. Best ending ever!
Rated 01 Feb 2010
44
18th
A secondhand Se7en, meaning: the concept itself is solid, but nothing else is. There is some ridiculously bad dialogue (which leads naturally to bad acting) and stupid undercranking (which leads naturally to bad editing). The more the story "unravels", the less it makes sense, the less scary it is and the less you care.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
68th
Bad acting makes some parts seem corny, but the overall concept and plot twists make this movie worth seeing.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
95
97th
The movie fastens his attention of the beginning to the end and has an unexpected end that gives any sense to the story. Awesome.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
9th
Hilarious melange of genre cliches - ooh, scary. I was too busy laughing at the script. The sequel is actually better (but still al waste of time).
Rated 17 Sep 2010
45
23rd
Got some nice ideas, but deserved a better director. By the way, what is this poor and silly editing doing here? 2021 REWATCH: hasn't aged well -- freaky, 90s MTV-esque montages lol. Although influential as torture porn horror, pretty by the numbers procedural thriller - vibe is totally post-Seven-ish, heavily relying on rotten, dirty interiors and unlikable characters - whose main attraction is the horror that never actually happens and lazy backstories left to be fully in the twisty ending
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Saw is a unique and original movie that has a bit of nastiness and unforgiving cruelty to it that you just can't turn away from
Rated 24 Jul 2010
30
7th
When I first saw this I was pretty 'blah' about it. I don't mind gore in horror movies, but I'm not a big fan of it in the torture outlook. Now this movie seems like a walk in the park compared to the excessive crap that's been released since. Combine my total disinterest in these types of movies with bad acting and a relatively stupid script and you have this turd of a film. At least this one was so bad that I didn't have to waste my time trying any of the sequels out.
Rated 24 Feb 2010
70
50th
The start of a dynasty that revitalized the horror genre. Though later installments are predictable and lack characterization, this is worth seeing.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
35
42nd
This movie is absolutely atrocious until the last 5 minutes. I'll admit, it's one of the few twist endings that I didn't see coming. It's too bad the rest of the movie is absolute trash.
Rated 07 Oct 2020
50
26th
Despite it's nu-metal aesthetic, it's serious tone becomes incredibly goofy. The twists are fun, even if the film feels like Se7en T2o.
Rated 23 Nov 2006
75
75th
Despite the occasional maudlin scene, the premise, the writing, and the ending keep it at the top of the list of suspense/thriller movies.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
6
55th
Ending is good but I don't like this torture shit very much.
Rated 18 Aug 2011
70
58th
Solid horror entertainment whose reputation is soured by the onslaught of sequels that followed. This one is intense and intimate, the pacing is good the multiple red herrings build curiosity rather than illicit groans, it has an appropriate amount of gore (the sequels assumed gore was the only reason anyone watched and i suppose the box office never swayed that misconception) and the final twist was amazing.tight budget gives claustrophobic sets..biggest flaw is music video style editing
Rated 10 Aug 2009
60
12th
cool ending twist.
Rated 28 Sep 2012
0
0th
Yeah, make a film with the most shoking orgy of meaningless violence up close and in slow motion, backwards and forward, going on forever, so that every teenager in the world will hear about it. Instant profit. Very impressing. If you're not disgusted by this movie then you probably should have your head examined.
Rated 11 Jun 2008
100
83rd
This gets 100 just for it being very original, to me at least.
Rated 30 Dec 2006
40
11th
One of the worst "high budget" horror movies i've seen in a while. All these movies now days are obsessed with having some kind of a twist at the end, and this one sucked... hard. The way jigsaw kills his victim is really cool, i'll give him that, but other than that.. the movie was TERRIBLE. I watched part of the 2nd one and i'm not even going to rate it, i won't be watching anymore of them... I've got better things to do with my time.
Rated 15 Jan 2007
90
87th
super cool
Rated 10 Aug 2013
80
64th
80.000
Rated 13 Apr 2022
74
54th
Opinión personal: 8 Actores: 7 Guión: 8 Planos/técnicas: 6.5 BSO: 7 Otros:8 Iluminación:- FX:- Director:7 Humor:- Vestuario:- Metraje:9 Total: 74
Rated 18 Mar 2007
54
22nd
Saw had the creative story that could have made it a great movie. Unfortunately due to its terrible acting and cheap look it feels like something made by a first year film student on the budget of $13.65.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
72
57th
Poor acting from the two main victims doesn't detract from this first entry's brain-teasing smarts and a twist ending to die for.
Rated 27 May 2011
80
75th
Well scripted horror movie. Entertaining, and still the best all round of the series.
Rated 05 Jul 2009
87
45th
the 1 that started it all
Rated 08 Feb 2017
80
63rd
classic movie
Rated 09 Nov 2009
85
55th
there are certainly a lot of weak spots, but i actually liked this movie. the soundtrack is probably the bulk of what impressed me (charlie clouser). and the twist at the end definitely surprised me.
Rated 01 Mar 2008
80
83rd
Good story. Good acting. Good gore. Good game of words in the end.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
90
94th
Um filme do estreante James Wan com bons (desconhecidos) atores e um excelente roteiro.
Rated 12 May 2007
40
14th
4.0 - might want to skip this one, not that hot :: It starts with a great idea. A truly brilliant, original premise that should make a horror film to rival any horror film ever made. How easy it must be to screw things up. :: unrealized potential
Rated 22 May 2007
48
27th
The only watchable entry in the Saw series, but mainly watchable because it's so awful and unintentionally hilarious. Glover turns in a performance for the ages.
Rated 18 Jan 2013
60
38th
Decent entertainment with a lame twist.
Rated 20 Feb 2010
82
71st
81.500
Rated 15 Jan 2009
70
28th
i don't get why they make more of them or why i keep watching them
Rated 22 Jun 2007
64
40th
It's good just because it has Cary Elwes.
Rated 01 Feb 2012
82
59th
I like the concept, and think it's well executed
Rated 03 Nov 2008
75
62nd
As much as I want to hate this, it's actually alright.
Rated 03 Apr 2020
53
68th
#20#, exp2, rw2, popcorn, story, (ratings)
Rated 20 Jul 2008
68
49th
Gratitiously violent, mindlessly displayed and embarrasingly boring, Saw is one of the most overrated gorefests ever made. Despite all of this, Saw has nice fertile traps, an original, ingenious plotline and it's sadly one of the best horror films before it was released. Ugly and wilted, but also enjoyable. Good movie overall.
Rated 09 Jan 2011
55
22nd
Very interesting premise that, as far as I am aware, hadn't been done before this - how badly would you mutilate yourself and/or others to stay alive? However, the premise is the best thing about this film, and most of the other elements could have been done better.
Rated 29 May 2009
73
68th
A decent low brains thriller. Despite how stupid the plot is and how poor the acting can be, it's an enjoyable and tense movie.
Rated 17 May 2008
75
48th
Total gorefest, but with a fun gotcha.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
2nd
Some of the wost acting i've seen...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
0
7th
Oh hey, another twist ending that makes no sense. Cool.
Rated 30 May 2010
70
62nd
Whilst "Saw" isn't great, it is entertaining and fairly clever. It's a bit longer than it needs to be, it'd have suited a shorter running time, and the acting is by no means stellar...but the concept carries it. I'd recommend watching this, thinking "that was clever" and then spend your life doing absolutely everything you can to avoid watching the bloody dreadful sequels.
Rated 21 Jul 2010
0
0th
Begone, torture porn!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
36
4th
Morbidly dull and absolutely ridiculous "thriller". Cary Elwes should be given a special award for the extremes he goes to in over-acting. 'Saw' this with an audience where I unexpectedly had a hilarious time!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
19th
Whatever happened to the Danny Glover from The Color Purple? This shit stinks worse than a pile of my own feces. Saw? Unfortunately I did. Unoriginal and gorey for all the wrong reasons.
Rated 03 Nov 2010
4
32nd
Not as terrible as I imagined.
Rated 28 Feb 2014
87
69th
Awesome and gruesome premise for a movie. Great as a fresh idea, not so much for all of its sequels...
Rated 29 Mar 2021
76
48th
Good
Rated 24 Oct 2023
64
62nd
I guess it was sort of original at the time, before everyone tried to copy the concept or parody it, and before it made its own silly devolution. Convoluted at times but not in a too unpalatable way. Not as bad as I expected it to be
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
62nd
Nicely gory, cool premise.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
22nd
Overrated, with a budget much bigger than they let on about, not an Indy film in any means, also nothing original or great about this film, total hype, don;t waste your time on this or the sequal.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
10
5th
Ok, I have to vent. It's not a witty plot twist when you make a movie where the evil mastermind turns out to be someone who was presented for 2 seconds acting essentially as a piece of furniture. It makes me feel bad about America that these movies are as popular as they are.
Rated 26 Jan 2010
65
8th
Despite what Saw has become I still stand by the first movie. Carey Elwes carries the movie in my mind. His descent into mindless hopelessness is the story that kept me watching. Danny Glover's revenge was just a bonus. You also can't go wrong with a shameless Mad Max referance. I think it's a shame they ran in the "cash cow" direction with the franchise.
Rated 21 Jan 2008
10
6th
About as scary as a bland CSI episode.
Rated 11 Oct 2007
84
31st
Nasty little low-budgeter that spawned several unworthy sequels
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
Gross horror movie that had me at the edge of my seat, and even intrigued me with its mind-tricks. Too bad about Cary Elwes acting toward the end.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
19th
Stoopid with a capital Ooooooooo. Not a whole lot of internal logic, and some career-worst performances on display.
Rated 15 Sep 2009
70
19th
I know a lot of people love this movie, but I really don't dig it all that much. Gets a couple extra points for being slightly unique (the sequels spoiled that though). There are more gruesome movies out there if you're looking for shock-value, and beyond shock-value, is there really anything to this movie? Go get an asian horror b-flick instead if you're just looking to see lots of disturbing violence/torture.
Rated 06 Nov 2015
72
76th
Much better than expected. The storytelling is pretty clever for a low budget film with a really cool ending twist.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
15
2nd
I like the premise, but the acting is terrible (and often funny), and everything else pretty much sucks as well. And it's not even that gory! Oh, and the bits where everything is sped up and edited all crazily cracked me up. Why is this such a popular franchise?
Rated 28 Mar 2015
60
43rd
3.01/5
Rated 21 Aug 2008
40
5th
I felt unnecessarily manipulated by the twist and the gore was disturbing.
Rated 11 Mar 2018
77
41st
A good film. Watching the sequels makes it complicated.
Rated 15 Jun 2012
10
52nd
For writer/director fascinated with violence, his understanding of combat and self defense is so weak he can't make a police officer seem even believable. It's pretty sad. That being said the drama of the story was good. The violence was incredibly under thought.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
31st
Interesting
Rated 23 Feb 2009
83
76th
Unexpectedly clever, and then it went dlownhill bloody fast.
Rated 29 Aug 2007
60
33rd
At the time, original. Now, not so much.
Rated 24 Jun 2024
90
83rd
incroyable, beaucoup + thriller que les prochains, une régalade

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