Parents' Guide to

Saw III

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

More bloody mayhem from Jigsaw; not for kids.

Movie R 2006 107 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 16+

So Good

Awesome movie! They just keep getting better and better in my opinion. I'm 18 but have been watching these movies since 16 and have had no problems at all. Great story and twist. Never a dull moment in the Saw movies! Not for young children at all as the gore is extreme, but teenagers can probably handle it fine.
age 18+

One of the scariest Saw movies in the entire series!

This movie picks up exactly where Saw 2 left off as the story goes on a nurse named Lynn Denlon is kidnapped and forced to take care of dying Jigsaw AKA John Kramer. In one of his sick life lesson games her husband Jeff Denlon is playing as well their son has been murdered on orders from John. He must complete the steps of his sadistic game on to find out later on that John Kramer was the person for the loss of their child finally Jeff grisly killing John Kramer on his death bed. The movie comes with both R and Unrated versions of the film. NC-17 is what I would of giving it 18+.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (66 ):

This brutal sequel offers more of the torture and suffering audiences have come to expect from the bloody series. Though Saw III's script is slightly more sophisticated than either of its predecessors -- Saw and Saw II -- its concept is the same. Darren Lynn Bousman's film is bursting with graphic, sometimes stomach-turning images of gore and suffering. But it also threads through a series of plot twists that pay off -- sometimes cleverly, usually predictably.

The judgmental/instructional killer was introduced in the very low-budget Saw, in which Jigsaw's victims were locked in a basement for 90 minutes, the limits of space and time showing the ingenuity of young Australian filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Wannell. Since then, the murderous schemes and devices have been elaborated upon, and Jigsaw granted more history (this time he even gets a lost love, sunny and blond). For fans of the franchise, the expansion is both good (more of the same) and bad (obscuring the initial, strangely elegant simplicity).

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 27, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: October 23, 2007
  • Cast: Angus Macfadyen , Shawnee Smith , Tobin Bell
  • Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 107 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.
  • Last updated: November 17, 2023

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