Box art for Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)


Based loosely on true events.A group of friends who become isolated in the company of a deadly clan of cannibals.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

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

Hard to do worse than this extremely gory mess.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is not recommended for anyone under 17. Yes, kids love to be scared, but the violence here is so disturbingly realistic that it's too much for most older kids (and some adults) to handle. The various murders are definitely graphic (we get to see the flesh rip and the organs exposed) but the suicide scene is so disturbing that several people walked out of the theater immediately afterwards. Violence aside, there's still no reason to see this movie--the story doesn't make much sense, the acting is mediocre at best, and even at 98 minutes, it feels way too long. Bottom line: Save your money!

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the amount and type of violence in this horror film, and some of the more graphic films of today. Do you think it's possible for young people, and even adults, to become desensitized to violence by watching really violent films?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Does convey the sense of being caught in a nightmare. A stupid person's nightmare.

- Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger, Friday, October 17, 2003

Rotten: Here's a slice of advice: Go to the video store and rent the original.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Tuesday, October 3, 2006


- Dennis Harvey, Variety, Thursday, March 10, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I'm really bad when it comes to horror films. They can be completely awful and I'll still shit myself. I don't think this was the worst horror film I've ever seen, it wasn't the best either. But, it gave me a good scare and that's what horror films intend on doing so it worked.

- murphmann93, Thursday, June 23, 2011

3 stars

I know I'm in the minority here, but I liked the remake. It's not the original, but it's probably the best horror remake thus far (probably).

- kenstachnik, Saturday, February 12, 2011

3 stars

awesome, of course but... Jessica Biel is not hot. wake up people.

- LoughnerWasLucid, Wednesday, November 24, 2010