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Saw II Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

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

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Gruesome and explicit -- not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. It features gruesome violence, with detailed, explicit imagery of bodies penetrated by sharp implements, shot, burned up, slammed, smashed, punched, kicked, sawed, cut, and dismembered. The movie includes jump scenes and frequent arguments among victims and cops, as well as between the primary cop and the killer, who holds the cop's son hostage. The father and son argue at the beginning of the film, setting the stage for the father's remorse and anger. Characters bleed (lots), vomit, and cough blood. Characters smoke and curse relentlessly; in flashback, one character injects drugs, to demonstrate her addiction. The film also features "extreme" editing, very rough and jaggedy, which in itself may be disturbing for some viewers.

  • Families can talk about the movie's rudimentary efforts to set up the killer's "moralistic" framework. How does Jigsaw judge his victims in order to rationalize his cruelty? How might the father and son have worked out their conflict in a less sensational way? What does the son want from his father? And where is the mother in all this?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Killer is vengeful and malicious; father yells at his son; characters cheat and abuse each other out of fear.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gruesome, bloody violence, as serial killer takes out victims one by one.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Women wear small, tight tops; one male victim appears in his boxers; reference made to a "door" between a woman's legs.

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent cursing, including the f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette smoking, intravenous drug use (and character is then dropped in a pit full of needles), a beer bottle appears on a table.