Spiral: From the Book of Saw

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, 36% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw suggests an interesting new direction for the Saw franchise, even if the gory sum is rather less than its parts.
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    Mark KermodeKermode & Mayo's Film Review
    I like being scared; what I don't particularly like is being grossed or winced out.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    I have to admit, I liked this film...and a great opportunity to get back into a theater.
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    Stephen RomeiThe Australian
    Director Darren Lynn Bousman, on his fourth Saw film, keeps things fresh while also nodding, via the pig mask and a scene involving handcuffs and a hacksaw, to where it all began in 2004.
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    Shirley LiThe Atlantic
    In trying to save itself, the Saw series got caught in a convoluted trap of its own making.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Here you have really good actors in a really mediocre movie.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I was just happy watching Chris Rock having fun in this movie, even if I wasn't really having fun watching people get their limbs torn off.
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    Pete Vonder HaarHouston Press
    Ultimately, the Saw movies aren't about the psychology of Jigsaw, but about the cyclical nature of violence and how our past actions come back around on us, right? Ha ha, no.
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    Edwin ArnaudinAsheville Movies
    A stale rehashing of the saga's tropes with different characters going through the motions.
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    Walter ChawFilm Freak Central
    It's so familiar it's fatiguing, another one of these projects that begins with passion and the best of intentions and ends up chewed to paste and regurgitated as this thin, masticated gruel.
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    Dan BuffaKSDK News (St. Louis)
    Few asked for another "game," but at least Bousman's latest attempt has a (halfway at least) mind of its own and delivers some thrills.
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