Summary

  • Saw X debuts as the highest-rated film in the entire horror franchise, with an 82% Rotten Tomatoes score, beating out the original Saw's 50%.
  • Set between Saw and Saw II, the tenth installment follows John Kramer's quest for a cure to his brain cancer, only to discover a scam in Mexico.
  • The returning cast includes Tobin Bell as John Kramer/Jigsaw, along with Shawnee Smith, Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, Michael Beach, and Renata Vaca.

The Saw X Rotten Tomatoes score debuts as the highest in the entire horror franchise. Set between the events of Saw and Saw II, the tenth installment in the series follows John Kramer traveling to Mexico to receive experimental treatment for his brain cancer, only to discover the entire operation is a scam. The Saw X cast once again features Tobin Bell as John Kramer/Jigsaw alongside Shawnee Smith, Synnøve Macody Lund, Steven Brand, Michael Beach, and Renata Vaca.

Ahead of the Saw X release date on September 29, critics started sharing their reviews, and now, the movie's Rotten Tomatoes score has been revealed. Saw X's Rotten Tomatoes score has debuted at 82 percent. This is not only the highest in the series, but the only fresh Rotten Tomatoes score the horror franchise has ever seen, beating out the original Saw's 50 percent.

How The Saw X Rotten Tomatoes Score Compares To Past Installments

A man screaming with his head in an electrical contraption in Saw X.

Saw X's Rotten Tomatoes score debuting at a franchise high is a notable achievement, though the bar wasn't set very high by previous installments. Because of its perceived empty obsession with torture and gore, the Saw franchise is not one that has been received favorably by critics. Amazingly, the franchise had not achieved a single fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes before Saw X. The original Saw, which is credited with starting the torturous trend in mid-2000s horror cinema, held the previous franchise high at a mediocre 50 percent.

The original Saw was followed by a series of direct sequels which saw diminishing returns. Saw II's Rotten Tomatoes score dropped to 37 percent, followed by Saw III (30%), Saw IV (18%), Saw V (13%), and Saw VI (39%). Saw: The Final Chapter, which was not in fact the final chapter, dropped to a franchise-low of 9 percent. Attempts to revive or spin off the franchise with Jigsaw (32%) and Spiral (37%) were largely unsuccessful. However, Saw X's Rotten Tomatoes score seems to suggest the franchise has found new life.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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