• 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

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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September 24, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The problem is that this slick piece of schlock is dull, risible and, ultimately, boring.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

September 8, 2010
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This horror show from Dutch director Tom Six will be heaven for devotees of four-star torture porn and zero-star hell for everyone else.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2010
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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There are terrible movies and there are loathsome movies. And then there's that rare breed so idiotic, exploitative and sickening one wishes they could be scrubbed from memory.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 0/5

May 6, 2010
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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It would be nice to report that Six ... has an eye for horrific imagery and a head full of fresh ideas - or, barring all that, that he's simply a hard-working hack. But this is lazy moviemaking based on the thinnest of concepts.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

May 6, 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
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This nasty stuff plays like a cross between Saw, Naked Lunch, and Bride of the Monster.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 6, 2010
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A must-see for coprophiliacs and spanking enthusiasts, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) may be the year's first mainstream fetish movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times

April 30, 2010
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The Human Centipede, by skillful Dutch director Tom Six, might be compared to Hollywood schlock like Hostel. But it has a style and sense of humor sorely lacking in the American movies.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2010
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Although I'd certainly recommend it to hard-core horror fans, I don't think I'd ever want to meet anyone who truly enjoyed it.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

April 30, 2010
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Much of the film's ''entertainment value'' rests on the sadistically outlandish performance of Dieter Laser, who's like Boris Karloff starring in a movie by Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

April 28, 2010
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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You really have to hate logic, party girls and evil German doctors to dig this excruciatingly stupid movie, whose main gag is creating a surgically linked chain of disbelieving adults.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

April 28, 2010
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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It's definitive psychological horror, positioning the viewer to identify with the victim's suffering and lack of free will, even after harshly judging what they did with that free will when they had it.

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April 27, 2010
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The director forces into our mouths what he forces into the mouths of his female characters. The movie stinks to heaven.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

April 26, 2010
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