• R, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Tom Six
    In Theaters:
    Apr 28, 2010 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 5, 2010
  • IFC Films


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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Reviews

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Will Leitch

Six seems, at some point, to have said to himself, It might be theoretically possible to sew a mouth to an anus and sustain life. Someone should dramatize that, and then he did.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2013
Josh Bell

Without a sense of humor or a sense of purpose, all The Human Centipede ultimately ends up with is empty shock value.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2010

It's an undeniably revolting concept, but most of the actual gore would be matched by your average pre-watershed medical shock doc.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 1/5

August 26, 2010
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep

Anyone expecting fountains of gore and scatological filth will be surprised at how much the film doesn't show.

Full Review Source: Electric Sheep

August 3, 2010
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

Although it's stomach-churning at times, it's never really scary.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

August 19, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The star rating system is unsuited to this film. Is the movie good? Is it bad? Does it matter? It is what it is and occupies a world where the stars don't shine.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times

May 6, 2010

The Human Centipede's biggest shock is that it's really nothing more than another low budget horror film.

Full Review Source: UGO | Original Score: C+

April 29, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Centipede is disgusting, but don't hate it because it's gross; hate it because it's bad.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

May 7, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

However rank the idea might be, the execution'll barely make you flinch.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 2/5

August 19, 2010
Todd Gilchrist

...the kind of cult sensation that earns immortality on the merits of its gobsmacking levels of gore, despite the fact that all in all it's really not a very good film.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

October 27, 2009
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews

This is not entertainment. This is torture.

Full Review Source: BDK Reviews | Original Score: 1/5

May 11, 2010
Brian Orndorf

To admit complete disgust with Centipede is exactly what the filmmaker wants; however, the picture commits an even greater sin, despite all the arm flailing and slosh of perversion: it's a complete and unforgivable bore.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D-

April 28, 2010
Prairie Miller

Surgical kidnapping in 3 languages, and out of control mismanaged health care with no possibility of medical malpractice lawsuits in sight. Or more to the point, what in the world is bugging director Tom Six. Hold the insecticide.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 24, 2010
Mark R. Leeper

In THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, relatively standard mad scientist horror film elements combine with a truly twisted premise.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10

April 30, 2010
Geoff Berkshire

Don't be surprised if you feel more boredom than revulsion.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2010
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Overall, The Human Centipede seems like a movie of the moment more than a lasting classic.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 7, 2010
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

[The sequel] is already in the can. Which is where many of us will be, seeking relief for emetically affected stomachs.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 26, 2010
Jen Yamato

It's a BYOBB film: Bring your own barf bag.

Full Review Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 30, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Deep down it's just more torture porn with an artistic gloss...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

October 30, 2010
Peter Sobczynski

As pointless and nearly unendurable low-budget grotesqueries filled with stomach-churning imagery go, it is definitely a step up from "Babies."

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 7, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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