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Saw III Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

… blood-and-guts–soaked, R-rated mayhem … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    While Saw III provides a decent number of new twists, psychological as well as torture-wise, it necessarily lacks the originality of its predecessors.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Admit it: It's not every horror film that can make you feel preached at and slimed at the same time.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

More bloody mayhem from Jigsaw; not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this horror sequel isn't for kids, though plenty of gore-loving teens will probably want to see it. Like its predecessors, it follows a series of characters trapped in terrible, torturous situations. Characters meet gruesome, bloody ends: suffocation, freezing, being shot through the neck, being pulled apart while attached to hooks and chains, neck and limbs being twisted and broken, and even a head exploding. One character performs graphic brain surgery, and another -- who's emotionally tormented -- cuts her own thigh. Repeated references to a 6-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a drunk driver. A woman appears getting out of bed (post-sex) with a man; another is shown hanging by her arms, completely naked (full frontal). A doctor pops anti-depressants and appears dazed while working on a little boy in the ER. Profanity includes 35+ uses of "f--k."

  • Families can talk about John/Jigsaw's seeming "lesson" -- that revenge doesn't stop pain or guilt, but only prolongs it. How does Jigsaw judge his victims in order to rationalize his cruelty? How can you apply his lesson to other, less sensationally violent situations? What are other options besides "getting even" with someone who wronged you? How do you see Amanda's devotion to John? Is it possible for her to "love" him? How does her inability to learn John's "lesson" mark her inability to forgive or love anyone?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Devious death designer Jigsaw (John) preaches against vengance, insisting that he teaches "lessons," but he's a murderer, no matter what he says.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Incessant torture, pain, and blood. Torture implements include saws (circular and hack), mechanical devices, hooks, chains, guns, knives, explosives, freezer, a limb/neck-breaking machine; victims are bound and gagged, ripped apart by machines, exploded, sliced, frozen, suffocated by plastic bag, shot, impaled, and nearly drowned in pulverized pig (gloppy, disgusting substance); Amanda cuts herself on her thigh (and in a flashback, you see that she cut herself habitually); a doctor performs brain surgery (graphic, using drill and saw); victims are abruptly grabbed by hooded/masked figure; flashbacks to a little boy on his bike hit by car (still photos); flashback shows Eric (from Saw II) sawing/slamming off his own foot, then attacking Amanda (punching, slamming with board) and calling her names.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kerry appears in the tub (body visible from the shoulders up); brief scene of adulterers in the same bedroom; woman victim hangs by her arms, chained to a freezer ceiling: she's nude, and you see several full-frontal shots (everything is visible).

  • language false5

    Language: Repeated uses of "f--k" (35+), in addition to other profanity (one use of "c--t," a few instances of "s--t," "damn," and "hell").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lynn pops anti-depressant pills; in a flashback, Eric calls Amanda a "junkie bitch" (though you don't see instances of her addiction in this installment).

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