Box art for Saw III


horror, thrillers

Jigsaw has disappeared. With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished.

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common sense

0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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."

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Images jump, blip, strobe, and shock like an epileptic seizure - all the result of director Darren Lynn Bousman's lack of trust in his screenplay.

- Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: The extreme gore is gratuitous, and character development non-existent in a movie packed with the cookie-cutter visual design of the previous two films. Torturer, victim and audience become one.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Saw III is duller than a plastic steak knife.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Monday, October 30, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This film goes really beyond the high level of gore seen in the first two, pleasing the die-hard fans of the series (and gore-fest itself), but proving to be unbearable for the soft-hearted. Not as original though, but still boasting a surprising conclusion.

- blacksheepboy, Friday, November 12, 2010

4 stars

I really think this is about as good as the second. While it has a lacking of The Berg, John Kramer is featured even more prominently and his tricks are at an all time high. The brain surgery scene is just so awesome, extremely realistic and effective. Darren Lynn Bousman really was the one to make the series likable and effective to the viewers. You're always given satisfaction in his movies. The surprises in this were really well done, especially that they had the nerve to just off Jigsaw with plans set in motion to continue the series. It opened up the door to an heir, which was completely delivered upon in the next entry.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, October 23, 2010

3 stars

Saw III is a terrific and even more brutal entry in the Saw series. The traps are even more elaborate and the games are even more twisted. At the time, this was the most intense Saw released. Although not as strong as the second, this film still delivers on what you'd expect. Every traditional Saw element is here, complete with a jaw dropping Climax. Saw III is an ugly looking horror film, and the sets are dark, gritty and ominous. This time Jigsaw has taken a doctor hostage and she has to keep Jigsaw alive until her estranged husband makes it through the maze of twisted games alive until he reaches his final test. Saw III is a very good, thrilling film and has plenty of effective moments to keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing till the end.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Tuesday, June 8, 2010