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Saw: The Final Chapter Review

Movies.com Critics

0.5

Dave White Profile

Third-degree boredom. Read full review

0.5

Jen Yamato Profile

Pure torture. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    24

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    This seventh installment does at least provide a reasonably satisfying conclusion to the series in the unlikely event they choose to give it a rest.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Now that the series is, it can be said that the most disturbing thing about the Saw films is the way that they turn torture into a wink of megaplex vengeance. They're made, and consumed, as a big bloody joke, and that's scary.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Seventh in grisly gore franchise adds 3-D to the mix.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Saw 3D (aka Saw 7) is as gory and bloody as the first six installments, if not more so. There are many graphic, grisly deaths via elaborate torture devices and lots of violence against women. Very often, there's a chance to save one victim if another victim is willing to endure high amounts of pain or risk death; the supposed idea is that all of the victims are being punished -- and tested -- for their "everyday" bad behavior. Language is strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t." Although the movie was shot in 3-D, the effects aren't particularly impressive or memorable -- and they're already so gross and over-the-top that the 3-D aspect doesn't up the ante as much as it does in other movies.

  • Families can talk about the movie's extreme violence. How did it make you feel? What was your reaction?
  • How do the gory images in movies like this impact viewers, especially young ones? Why do you think there's been a trend toward these "torture porn" movies in recent years?
  • What draws audiences to movies like this? Why have the Saw movies been so popular?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie makes an attempt to add a sense of destiny and philosophy to the victims; they've all committed some sort of wrong (lying, bigotry, cheating, etc.) and are now being shown the error of their ways. But the extreme gore involved in the punishment heavily outweighs the original crimes.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Initially Bobby Dagen, who has published a book about surviving one of Jigsaw's traps, tries to turn his negative experience into a positive one and to inspire others to do the same. But it turns out that he's hiding an awful secret, and he's really the opposite of a role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Almost the whole movie consists of various death traps, almost all of which result in a grisly, gruesome deaths. Viewers see saws through the stomach, wound-cauterizing, torn-up faces, face-stitching, bodies flying apart in different directions, tearing flesh, ripping limbs and jaws, face-smashing, internal bleeding caused by a fishhook, eye-stabbing, hanging, teeth-pulling, machine guns, and stabbing. There are explosions, a man beating up a woman, and a woman burning to death. Women seem to be the victims more often than men.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A married couple kisses once or twice.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of strong language. There are many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "goddamn," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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