Saw is one of the most significant horror franchises in history. Its relentless tension, extreme gore, and psychological horror make it a franchise with a legion of fans worldwide. And the best way to realize its success is by looking at the number of movies it has spawned: it has already reached 10, but has it maintained its quality all this time?
Despite having some uneven entries, the Saw franchise has managed to keep its reputation intact since the first installment. But it’s surprising that Saw X, the latest film to come out of the franchise, has received such positive feedback. It’s actually the highest-rated Saw movie, surpassing even the first one.
A movie that returns to the origins of the franchise
As seen on Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator that recently stirred controversy, Saw X has an 85% approval rating from critics, based on 98 reviews. This number is remarkable, especially considering that horror films are often poorly rated, especially a gore-heavy style like Saw.
But what’s even more noteworthy is the audience’s response. Saw X has been liked by 91% of its viewers, making it the film with the best response in a long time. Undoubtedly, it’s a pleasant surprise in a rather inconsistent year for horror. But what do the critics highlight the most about Saw X? Let’s find out.
“It’s utterly unpleasant, but that’s its magic.” – Wendy Ide, The Guardian
“Saw X eliminates any trace of nonsense, positioning itself as a direct sequel to Saw and presenting a singular and simplified revenge story that works on an overtly logical level.” – Adam Graham, Detroit News
“Saw X feels like a welcome return to the formula.” – Richard Whittaker, Austin Chronicle