'Saw IV' Critic Reviews

84%
MovieWeb:   50 reviews
17%
Rotten Tomatoes:   81 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    25
    The reports of torture porn's demise may have been greatly exaggerated, but this fourth entry in the mutilate-yourself-or-die series joins what may be the worst genre of the decade: the lamely ''sympathetic'' serial-killer backstory.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    20
    Over the course of [its] sequels, the Saw franchise took a novel, if distasteful, idea and basically tortured it to death.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    13
    Saw IV is no Saw III. Just as Saw III is no Saw II. But neither Lionsgate, the Saw distributor, nor the North American box office seems to care.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    This death trap may be rusty, but as long as it keeps generating fresh blood, it's unlikely to slam shut anytime soon.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Scott Schueller Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    0
    A film as edgy as a rubber knife.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Adam Graham Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    Even fans of good, old-fashioned, onscreen torture will find themselves rolling their eyes at the twists and turns in this impossibly convoluted story.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    Just as Jigsaw tests his victims, the franchise's own test will be whether such suspension can be maintained, or if matters lapse into a torture chamber of self-parody.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    After two solid entries and an OK one, the franchise is getting long in the tooth: This one is Saw It Be-IV.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    It's somewhat better put together than Saw II or III, though there isn't a scare in it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    38
    An incomprehensible cacophony of screams, shock cuts, dour pseudo-philosophizing, heavy metal mutilation and low-rent TV-standard performances.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    The original Saw was crafted with thought and precision. Saw IV is an orgy of blood.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    38
    Easily the worst and most pointless episode of the gore-saturated quadrology.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The famously inventive torture sequences here seem depleted of imagination.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    40
    The first thing you see in Saw IV is Jigsaw's balls. A sign of things to come? Most definitely.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steve Newton Georgia Straight
    20
    There's the obligatory twist at the end, which hardly makes up for the excruciating boredom viewers are forced to endure. But, hey, if you're paying for torture, expect to suffer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Oscar Guy
    38
    We now find ourselves in the downward slope of the Saw series as Saw IV stretches credibility to the breaking point.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Lovell Cinema Sight
    38
    We now find ourselves in the downward slope of the Saw series as Saw IV stretches credibility to the breaking point.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Film Threat
    20
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    20
    Jigsaw is an interesting character with an interesting worldview and an interesting way of carrying out his will. It's too bad the movies themselves aren't worthy of him.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Deseret News, Salt Lake City
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screendaily
    This gruesomely efficient horror sequel shows noticeable wear and tear.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    63
    I do wish that these movies were well made, because I actually think the premises are quite clever, but unless a veteran who is more confident in his abilities takes over, we are left with what could have been...
    Full Review » 6 years ago