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Saw II

drama, horror, thrillers

Jigsaw is back. The brilliant, disturbed mastermind returns for another round of horrifying life-or-death games. When a new murder victim is discovered with all the signs of Jigsaw's hand, Detective Eric Matthews begins a full investigation...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Gruesome and explicit -- not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not for kids. It features gruesome violence, with detailed, explicit imagery of bodies penetrated by sharp implements, shot, burned up, slammed, smashed, punched, kicked, sawed, cut, and dismembered. The movie includes jump scenes and frequent arguments among victims and cops, as well as between the primary cop and the killer, who holds the cop's son hostage. The father and son argue at the beginning of the film, setting the stage for the father's remorse and anger. Characters bleed (lots), vomit, and cough blood. Characters smoke and curse relentlessly; in flashback, one character injects drugs, to demonstrate her addiction. The film also features "extreme" editing, very rough and jaggedy, which in itself may be disturbing for some viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's rudimentary efforts to set up the killer's "moralistic" framework. How does Jigsaw judge his victims in order to rationalize his cruelty? How might the father and son have worked out their conflict in a less sensational way? What does the son want from his father? And where is the mother in all this?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 18
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: What's worth noting is how much greater deliberation was given to the marketing than the screenplay of this cursory dud, rushed to theaters exactly a year after its amusing predecessor.

- Benjamin Strong, Village Voice, Thursday, October 27, 2005

Rotten: Even hard-core horror can go too far. Saw II is as punishing as it gets. It's effective, all right, but to what end? Certainly not entertainment.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 28, 2005

Fresh: The serpentine plot is logical; the acting is passable and the film creates a palpable atmosphere of paranoia and tension.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Friday, October 28, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Just as fascinating as the original Saw, this sequel works as an ingenious labyrinth of horrors, full of more gruesome, densely macabre scenes for the fans. And once again we are given another highly unexpected, jaw-dropping ending.

- blacksheepboy, Friday, November 12, 2010

4 stars

Actually way better than the first, truly introducing the man behind the work. John Kramer's tomfoolery is unmatched and his ability to survive is something to behold. Match that up against The Berg and it makes for some really fun scenes. I think this entry was really smart in that they passed up trying to dish out dumb conversation and humanity lessons and got straight to the meat of Jigsaw's brutal nature. This is the movie that really stabilized the franchise and turned in some of the best surprises.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010

4 stars

Saw II is a tense, thrilling sequel to the original Saw. This time, Jigsaw raises the bar, and sets up a group of people in a house set up with sick games to test their will to live. An even more deranged film than the first, Saw II is a wild ride. The traps are even more elaborate and there's even more gore and violence in this one than the first. Saw II is a film that will most likely make you squirm in your seat and look away. This sequel is a terrific follow up to the first one, and as the film unfolds we get a better look at what Jigsaws plan is. A film that delivers everything you'd expect, Saw II delivers and then some. The film will keep you on the edge of your seat til the end. Even more bloody, violent and gory, Saw II will definitely make fans of the first very happy.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 8, 2010