Saw V is dead on the table.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
The latest and least of the Saw films is just plain boring and even a little tame -- albeit by the standards of a genre that helped bring the phrase "torture porn" into the lexicon.
Nathan Lee - New York Times
Saw V is a terrible combination: grisly and tedious. Let's just call it bloody dull.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Oh, Jigsaw. Here we go again. You kill. I doze off. Someone at the studio goes 'ka-ching!'
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The torture devices, once so fiendishly adapted to each offender, have become generic excuses to spatter gore. The script is insultingly lazy, and inept direction from newcomer David Hackl hardly helps.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Dean Essner - Arizona Republic
The periodic traps set for five new victims, all linked by a rotten real-estate deal, are neither as terrifying nor as yucky as in the earlier films. The only real horror in these scenes, in fact, is the jaw-droppingly bad acting on display.
Robert Koehler - Variety
Saw V utterly mimics the original film's formula -- that awful basement, those cops chasing clues in what we assume to be the same time-frame, those awful devices of death.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Woefully ponderous, convoluted and improbable.
Ben Rayner - Toronto Star
The creatives behind the franchise clearly have taken pride in their stylistic consistency throughout the series, but here they even fail to deliver enough of the cleverly gruesome Rube Goldberg torture devices that are its raison d'etre.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
It's not a good sign when watching someone stick their hand into a table saw is easier than listening to them recite dialogue.
Sam Adams - Los Angeles Times
The best thing about this-and any-Saw film is the sick production design. Whoever's responsible for creating these disgustingly grungy chambers of death deserves an Oscar for scuzziness.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
See you next year, I guess. Sigh.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Maitland McDonagh - Time Out
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Sera que os fas da serie nao percebem que o conceito dos flashbacks e de mexer com a cronologia dos capitulos anteriores e uma forma encontrada pelos produtores para que possam refazer o original de novo e de novo e de novo?
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A disappointing film that breaks all of the series' own rules.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Saw V? You'll wish you hadn't.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
This is definitely the worst film of the series, and probably the worst horror film I've seen all year.
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects
An insult to fourth-rate ripoffs of Se7en, and even that may not be harsh enough.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Being the fifth annual go-round for this durable splatter franchise, this film has really no power to change any minds.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
...hardcore fans of Jigsaw's exploits will probably find something here worth embracing.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A cut above its pretentious predecessors; the graphic set-pieces -- including an opening inspired by Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum' -- deliver the gory goods.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Saw V may still have the power to make audiences squirm, but only for the most obvious reasons.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Square in the middle of the series, quality-wise: though the new film has some unabashedly dumb moments, its plot lacks the pathetic contortions that we saw in Saw IV
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Saw V or High School Musical 3? Make your choice. All of a sudden, picking between self-mutilation and disembowelment doesn't sound so frightening, does it?
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Nails? Where else but in a Saw movie can a puzzle-minded sadist cobble together elaborate torture contraptions from the same Home Depot that provides his replacement windows and his garage storage solution?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The ad campaign for Saw V assures the viewer, 'You won't believe how it ends.' This is true, because you won't believe it could possibly be this lame.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The blade is oh so dull on this Saw.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The death of nearly every character in the franchise isn't enough to prevent the makers from grinding out another edition of Saw. Could they just finish the job?
Alex Markerson - E! Online
Yes, it's more of the same. But if you've been 'Saw'-ing away for the last four years, why not take in 'Saw V?'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The law of diminishing returns is in full effect here.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The Saw franchise cut its teeth with macabre MacGyver gimmicks and buckets of bloodshed. Acting was never a consideration. And when you're racking in millions upon millions with next to no budget, why start vying for Oscars now?
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
The Saw movies have a convoluted storyline for the same reason Playboy has articles. It gives the consumer an easy excuse.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Beyond entertaining fans with variations on the life-or-death challenges that seemed so startlingly fresh a mere four years ago, Saw V's primary purpose seems to be setting up a new series of films featuring Hoffman as the evil puppet-master. Wheth
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Now I can officially say that the SAW franchise has run out of gas. Everything and everyone is just going through the motions here.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
I predict in Saw VI that Jigsaw will be punishing people for tilting pinball machines, loving their children too much, and driving in the carpool lane unaccompanied.
Scott Mendelson - Film Threat
What will they do next? Probably rip more people off. It's worked for them so far.
Jeremy Wheeler - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The Saw series isn't nearly as interesting without Jigsaw, but it's getting harder and harder to find ways to include him in increasingly-desperate sequels.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Dullest film in series is still brutal and bloody.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
It ain't scary, folks.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Saw V isn't anywhere close to the best Saw movie, but it makes the entire series coalesce a little bit better.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Even the most die-hard of Saw fans won't credit how tedious, lame and pointless this fourth sequel manages to be.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The Saw franchise has become a weekend-before-Halloween tradition; ironically, though, it has ceased to be a horror series.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
... the Saw franchise continues to provide at least one decent horror film to look forward to at Halloween.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Jigsaw has seen better days. That's saying a lot, considering he was last spotted on a mortuary slab, his rotting flesh a sickly shade of gray as a medical examiner nonchalantly sliced open his stomach.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
Everything after its gory "pit-and-the-pendulum" opening scare sequence is downhill in the fifth and potentially last installment in a horror franchise that has run completely out of steam.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The weakest installment so far.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Deadly traps may remain the bread and butter of the Saw series, but the real trick has become keeping these fetid sequels moderately fresh.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This is unmistakably one of the worst horror films of the year. It's the last dying gasp of a series that was already past its expiration date.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
More careful viewers might be starting to question the validity of this ongoing story: a five-film-too-long journey that has never felt more arbitrarily plotted than in the final 10 minutes of Saw V.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
... heads roll and nail bomb shrapnel turns a headstrong 'survivor' into a pile of pink human brisket with pants. Does this sound like entertainment to you?
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
There are only so many alternate flashbacks and massive explanations that a horror freak can take ... but I think the series is still amusing enough to warrant 90 minutes a year.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
There's really nothing new here, and what's old is not good.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Saw V boasts little of the cleverness and ingenuity that has made Saw a surprisingly consistent slasher series.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Surprisingly, the FIFTH installment of the series has a nice flow to it and is still able to dish out newly designed horrific torture scenes.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Like High School Musical 3, which is opening against this film, Saw V is made for the fans.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
As rote and mechanical as one of Jigsaw's traps, though at least Jigsaw's traps are suspenseful and ingenious. The movie is neither of those things.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Unfortunately, both Mandylor and Scott Patterson, who returns as fellow Saw IV survivor Agent Strahm, are uninteresting stiffs
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
Dave White - Movies.com
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
It doesn't just insult your intelligence; It assumes you have none.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Thank goodness Lionsgate made another Saw film! Otherwise, how would we as a country get to feel good about ourselves while watching humans suffer through prolonged torture, degradation and death?
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The driving force is inertia and commercial calculation, not inspiration.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Tenley Woodman - Boston Herald
Jigsaw was put out of his misery two movies ago. Lionsgate might want to consider doing this misbegotten series the same favor.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Saw V is a bloody bore from beginning to end and the only scenes in the movie that come close to being scary are the ones that seem to have been inserted solely to set up a possible Saw VI.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The first three Saws were at least plausible within the grotesque terms of the premise. The fourth was ridiculous and this, the fifth, is laughable.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Saw V attempts to make the audience feel smart for sticking along for so long, only when it's all said and done you'll feel like a fool for sitting through this disappointment.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
This time, the movie theater is a trap.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
It's questionable who suffers more in this torture porn sequel - the victims or the audience. But glib lines aside, there is no point in continuing the franchise unless the filmmakers can up the ante in the gruesome/anguish/torture stakes
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile