Box art for Saw IV

Saw IV

horror, thrillers


Jigsaw, as well as his apprentice Amanda, have died. After hearing of Detective Kerry's murder, two veteran FBI agents, Agent Strahm and Agent Perez, assist Detective Hoffman in sorting out the remains of Jigsaw's last game.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    17%
  • Audience Score
    63%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Another Halloween, another gory torturefest. Yuck.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this fourth bloody Saw movie isn't remotely meant for kids (even though horror-loving teens will probably be interested), and it's hardly worth the time of the series' fans, either. The gory, torture-centric formula is familiar: Villain Jigsaw arranges elaborate "games" by which victims either survive by killing someone else or abusing themselves to near-death, or they die. Frequent over-the-top violence includes stabbing, shooting, hanging, fighting, slicing, and more. A pregnant woman suffers a bloody miscarriage. There's some nonsexual male nudity, a shot or two of cleavage, and reference to prostitution. Also expect the usual bad language, including lots of uses of "f--k."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of "torture porn." Why does this cynical subgenre of horror movies continue to succeed with viewers? Do you think it will ever go too far (and who defines what "too far" is, anyway?)? How is the Saw franchise itself now a kind of "game"? Is it different from the games perpetrated by Jigsaw? And does he become a more sympathetic character when you learn his backstory? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    17%
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  • Audience

    63%

Audience Reviews

2 stars

While I appreciated the added depth and backstory to Jigsaw, and what he's all about, as well as the point that was trying to be made with Rigg's story, the movie was too convoluted, and unnecessarily so, for its own good. The Rigg story could have been handled better-it was telegraphed from early on, as was the other story. The backstory stuff was good, but again, the way it's presented would have been better had it been more straightforward. As gory as this was, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Maybe I'm finally starting to stomach this crap and be desensitized to it. That doesn't mean I like it though. Admittedly, I found some of the movie entertaining, but things could have been handled WAY better.

- cosmo313, Sunday, October 31, 2010

3 stars

"You think it is over...but the games have just begun" During the autopsy of John Kramer, the coroner finds a tape inside his stomach and calls Detective Hoffman. Meanwhile, the police find Detective Kerry dead and the SWAT Commander Rigg is absolutely traumatized with the tortured corpse of Kerry and obsessed to save Detective Eric Matthews that has been missing for six months; however Hoffman asks him to take vacations and leave the case. The FBI agents Strahm and Perez join Hoffman's team to investigate the legacy of Jigsaw. However, Rigg is abducted and forced to participate in another sick game to save Eric's life. Review Saw has come a long way from being just a cleverly played out movie in one critical locale with just 2 players duking it out, and with the ditching of the iconic grimy toilet for Saw IV, it's an indication that it wants to shed itself of past inhibitions. While the key figure might have met his demise, he had already set in motion his ideas and philosophy that have its fair share of supporters, and the concept will outlast the man himself. What Saw had spawned was a series of torture porn movies (Turistas, Hostel franchise, Wolf Creek, the list goes on), but what makes it truly memorable, is how easily its ideology gets transplanted to other wannabes, and as a sign of it reaching legendary and cult status, its momentous theme song is one of a kind.

- mrpopcorn, Friday, October 31, 2008

4 stars

It's relieving to see the Saw series get back on track with the 4th installment. With two relatively lackluster films that came before this movie, Saw 4 returns to the rich plot of the original. This film mystifies and builds suspense similarly to the first one. As typical Saw movies go, this one was filled with many gruesome traps and graphic deaths. Fans of gore will be pleased, and the squeamish will... well, will be squeamish. Besides the pleasant return of a intricate plot, this film also serves to provide a history of Jigsaw's past that put him on the path to a deranged killer. It was satisfying to see what truly made him who he was. You also get to see him in his early stages of attempting his traps... I like how the writers reassured us that he is human by showing us his mistakes on his early traps. In the end, it's hard to delve much into the plot without giving something away. This installment introduces a new angle that Saw fans will enjoy. The ending is powerful and jaw dropping. The gore is plenty, and it's nice to see this franchise return to its roots that it made it immensely popular to begin with.

- DerekA101, Monday, November 3, 2008