The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2010)



Critic Consensus: Grotesque, visceral and hard to (ahem) swallow, this surgical horror doesn't quite earn its stripes because the gross-outs overwhelm and devalue everything else.

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Two American girls find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift hospital by a retired surgeon,Dr. Heiter. The doctor explains that he is retired surgeon who had specialized in separating Siamese twins. However the girls are not about to be separated, but joined together in a horrific operation. He plans to be the first to connect people, one to the next, via their gastric system, and in doing so bring to life his sick lifetime fantasy: the human centipede.
R (for disturbing sadistic horror violence, nudity and language)
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Critic Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (15)

The problem is that this slick piece of schlock is dull, risible and, ultimately, boring.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Miami Herald
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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… | May 14, 2010
Rolling Stone
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A film that, in bare description, sounds like the greatest outrage ever put to screen, but ends up being fairly tedious when watched.

Full Review… | May 13, 2010
AV Club
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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… | May 6, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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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… | May 6, 2010
Boston Globe
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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… | May 6, 2010
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Human Centipede (First Sequence)


The mere idea is grotesque but the execution is not as repulsive as the hype will lead you to think, and even if Dieter Laser is truly menacing as the mad doctor, the other actors are mostly terrible and the movie offers a lot more involuntary humor than actual horror.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Tom SIx derives an unexpected and grotesque feel to the horror/gore cinematic genre. Human Centipede is overshadowed by its devious creation of an 'actual' human centipede as well as its diabolical creator. Not for all audience, the film's execution doesn't hit well but does leave a sour mark on the not-so-strong-stomach-filled audience. 3/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I admit, it's pretty disturbing, but nothing is really shown in graphic detail. The acting is bad but the film does manage to squeeze in some sort of story, I guess. I did not like "The Human Centipede", but it succeeds in grossing you out.

Eric Shankle
Eric Shankle

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