Saw IV

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
Saw IV Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 18+

Another Halloween, another gory torturefest. Yuck.

R 2007 108 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 43 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Rated 18 (strong gore, horror, sexual violence).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are sustained gory sequences throughout, mainly taking place during scenes where victims must try to escape "traps". These include a woman being slowly scalped causing blood to stream down her face, a man having his eye impaled by a spike before all of his limbs are bloodily ripped off, a woman pulling metal rods from her's and a man's body causing blood to spurt from the wounds, and a man having to push his face through several knives causing deep bloody cuts on his face. There is also a prolonged autopsy sequence in the opening of the film depicting very graphic surgical detail and gory images. Strong sustained horror as victims are subjected to extreme torture and suffering while in various "death traps" and anticipate painful deaths; lots of screaming and crying. There is also one sequence involving a sex offender, in which there are crime scene images of his victims strung up in a room, as well as a video tape the offender made of himself raping a restrained woman whilst making crude sexual comments. The woman in the video is seen struggling and heard crying, and although the video is largely kept off-screen, the audio in the background makes it obvious that she is being brutally raped. | OTHER ISSUES - A few scenes of strong bloody violence, such as two men fighting to the death in a "trap", where they are stabbed in the leg and throat before one of the men eventually kills the other by repeated heavy blows to the face with a hammer, resulting in bloodshed. Another scene shows a man being graphically shot through the head, causing blood and brain matter to spray from the back of the head. Frequent use of strong language ("f*ck"), and frequent use of milder terms. It is briefly suggested/implied that a little girl is being abused by her father. During an autopsy, a man's penis is briefly shown. | RATED "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.
age 13+

Just Watched This Again.

Violence 5/5 Sex 3/5 Language 5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2.5/5

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Psycho Poster Image

    Psycho

    Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.

    age 15+
  • The Exorcist Poster Image

    The Exorcist

    Trendsetting shocker about a possessed child.

    age 16+
  • Misery Poster Image

    Misery

    Gripping tale of manipulation has cursing, violence.

    age 17+

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate