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Saw VI Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Take that, Aetna. 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
    30

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The thinnest, draggiest, and most tediously preachy of the Saw films.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety

    A film so frighteningly familiar it could well be called "Saw It Already."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    It might well be time for a creative rebooting; the freshness, if not the viscera, has begun to strongly diminish.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    Warm feelings are inspired by the reappearance of old friends, even those who had their faces ripped off or their intestines ejected several films ago.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Sixth film in revenge series is just as bloody as the rest.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this "torture porn" film, like all of the movies in the Saw series, revolves around cruelty, gore, and diabolical deathtraps -- all smothered in horrific make-up and special effects. A person is injected with acid until they literally melt in half; a group of people are shot, one by one, at point-blank range; and so on -- the deaths are brutal, bloody, and lingered over (viewers will see exposed organs, compound fractures shoving shattered bone edges through flesh, and worse). The movie is theoretically trying to make a few points about healthcare, but any social commentary is lost amid the buckets of blood and constant strong language.

  • Families can talk about the popularity of the Saw movies. What draws audiences to movies like this?
  • How do the violent 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: There's some lip service paid to the human will to live, but it's coated in blood. A critique of health care and for-profit insurance is intrinsic to the film's plot, but it's also smothered in gore.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Not a single character in the film shows mercy, kindness, or forgiveness when given the chance. The protagonist displays some selflessness but still dies at the hands of someone desiring revenge.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant bloody, grisly violence, including horrifying deathtraps requiring self-mutilation in order to escape, fighting, shooting at point-blank range, dismemberment, disembowelment, decapitation, death by crushing, hanging (by barbed wire), slashed jugulars, shootings, being set on fire, and much more. And it's all depicted with state-of-the-art makeup and gore.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some cleavage.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant strong language, including "f--k" and its derivatives, "s--t," "ass," "p---y," "hell," "goddamn," and much more.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer, wine, and hard liquor. Discussions of the health effects of smoking (smoking itself is shown); a smoker's reduced lung capacity winds up being what kills him (as part of a deathtrap, of course). Discussion of the psychological characteristics and chemical treatment of addiction, including methadone.

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