Saw V

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Dullest film in series is still brutal and bloody.

R 2008 92 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 49 reviews

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age 18+

Rated 18 (strong gory horror).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are several scenes of strong, graphic bloody horror and gore. All of these scenes are prolonged, with focus on the pain and suffering of the victims. Sequences include a man being slowly cut in half by a swinging pendulum causing blood to spurt out of his mouth and stomach, as well as intestines to splatter onto the walls and floor; one moment where a woman is decapitated on a blade causing blood to pool round her body; a mangled body is shown after an explosion exposing internal organs and gory detail; a man's bone breaks out of his arm causing bloodshed after it is caught between two walls slowly closing in on him; the most gruesome scene shows two people who are forced to push their arm into a circular saw to escape a room rigged to blow up, resulting in graphic bloody injury detail and gory horror. | OTHER ISSUES - There are occasional scenes of strong violence, including a woman being stabbed in the neck, and two men exchanging blows and a headbutt while fighting. Frequent use of strong language ("f*ck"), and use of milder terms. | RATED "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.
age 12+


Violence 5/5 Sex 0.5/5 Language 5/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 1.5/5

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 24, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: January 20, 2009
  • Cast: Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Tobin Bell
  • Director: David Hackl
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity.
  • Last updated: March 12, 2023

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