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The Saw movies were once synonymous with Halloween, coming out every October for years. While the franchise has been resting, it's now back, but is it back in top form? The reviews are in. Unfortunately, if you were looking for an iconic horror experience this Halloween, it doesn't look like Jigsaw is going to scratch that particular itch. If you're seriously in need of a Saw fix, however, the movie probably will do enough to satisfy the fans. Our own Michael Reyes gave Jigsaw 2.5 stars out of 5, and is about as divided on the film as that score implies...
Mike's view seems to be the general consensus among film reviews, as there about as many positive reviews of Jigsaw as there are negative ones. The Hollywood Reporter was clearly expecting more from the return of the franchise. It had been dormant for so long, what exactly was the point in bringing it back if they weren't going to do more with it?
This idea was also echoed by Forbes, who may give Jigsaw its most scathing review so far.
While there really are no glowing reviews of Jigsaw, there are several that seem to give it a grudging pass. Wizard thinks that the new film is better than any entry in the latter half of the franchise, which makes it worthy enough to check out.
The Los Angeles Times also admits that fans excited for the return of the Saw franchise will probably enjoy what they get, though the review also suggests other ways to spend your Halloween.