Tobin Bell in Saw 6Another year, another 'Saw' movie. With Halloween fast approaching, 'Saw VI' -- that's right, the sixth 'Saw' film in as many years -- hacks its way into theaters today, almost surely destined to once again take the box office crown (unless, of course, 'Paranormal Activity' has anything to say about it).

The franchise is as reliable as the Energizer Bunny and as comforting to its devoted, blood-and-guts/torture-loving fan base as a warm cup of hot cocoa. Judging by the smattering of reviews out there (and by the news that the film is so awesomely violent that it's been slapped with an X rating in Spain and relegated to screening in porno theaters there), the fan-friendly franchise's sixth go-around more than makes up for a fifth installment that left even Jigsaw's most diehard aficionados a bit puzzled. Check out reviews after the jump. Tobin Bell in Saw 6Another year, another 'Saw' movie. With Halloween fast approaching, 'Saw VI' -- that's right, the sixth 'Saw' film in as many years -- hacks its way into theaters today, almost surely destined to once again take the box office crown (unless, of course, 'Paranormal Activity' has anything to say about it).

The franchise is as reliable as the Energizer Bunny and as comforting to its devoted, blood-and-guts/torture-loving fan base as a warm cup of hot cocoa. Judging by the smattering of reviews out there (and by the news that the film is so awesomely violent that it's been slapped with an X rating in Spain and relegated to screening in porno theaters there), the fan-friendly franchise's sixth go-around more than makes up for a fifth installment that left even Jigsaw's most diehard aficionados a bit puzzled. Check out reviews below.

The New York Times: "Has there ever been a movie franchise as user-friendly as the 'Saw' films? 'Saw VI,' the latest installment, may have a new director (Kevin Greutert), but the writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, collaborating on their third straight 'Saw,' make sure it's as customer service-oriented as ever."

The Hollywood Reporter: "There's not really much to say anymore about the 'Saw' series, which has found its formula and is sticking with it. ... It might well be time for a creative rebooting; the freshness, if not the viscera, has begun to strongly diminish."

Entertainment Weekly: "'Saw VI' is the thinnest, draggiest, and most tediously preachy of the 'Saw' films. It's the first one that's more or less consumed by backstory -- which is to say, it's one of those hollow franchise placeholders in which far too many fragments from the previous sequels keep popping up in flashbacks."

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Cinematical: "The latest installment in the 'Saw' franchise appears to fulfill all of the demands of its audience and then some, making it a worthy and faithful entry in a franchise which at this point seems expressly designed to document people dying in increasingly inventive ways."

FEARnet: "I still really like this series. ... It's not just that the 'Saw' franchise has now transformed into a horror geek's version of 'Lost' or 'Heroes' or 'Dallas,' it's that each flick is composed of two halves that complement one another rather effectively: Not to be obvious here, but we've got a rough and gritty horror series that's wedged (rather comfortably) with a basic but compelling 'cop story.'"

Bloody Disgusting: "While the film has its share of issues (mostly in the acting department) and other technical flaws ... in the end, 'Saw VI' is faithful to the franchise and the twist/finale are 100% satisfying. Saw fans WILL walk out of the theater with their fists in the air with the feeling that they've reclaimed their beloved franchise."
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