Metascore
33

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
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  1. Unlike its obvious influence, the 1999 Japanese shocker "Audition," The Human Centipede has no real-world echoes. It's an only-in-the-movies sick goof.
  2. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    80
    Centipede plays on the notion that the only thing more frightening than death is a state bridging life and death, in which, though one's body is no longer his own to control, the mind remains conscious.
  3. 75
    Dieter Laser is grand as the doc, a character Christopher Walken would be comfortable doing, and Akihiro Kitamura provides laughs as the first part of the centipede.
  4. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    This will not appeal to everyone, whether it will appeal to anyone is another question. With dark humour from time to time, underneath an extremely repulsive concept, this is a relatively conventional horror movie.
  5. More of a stunt than a script, The Human Centipede (First Sequence) should get a modest amount of I-dare-you ticket sales, but it's about as mass market as a dogfight.
  6. 50
    The only way to react is by bringing a barf bag or a strong sense of gallows humor.
  7. Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse horror number.
  8. 30
    Written and directed by Tom Six--who doesn't seem to realize that movie theaters rely on popcorn sales--this nasty stuff plays like a cross between "Saw," "Naked Lunch," and "Bride of the Monster."
  9. 25
    Tom Six's movie has the freakiness and sadism of its genre, but it's so heavy with self-appreciation -- Dude, we had the craziest premise for a movie! -- that it can't lift off into the perverse ecstasy of decent exploitation. That was also the problem with "Snakes on a Plane.''
  10. Reviewed by: Peter DeBruge
    20
    Only real payoff is seeing the monstrosity assembled, and though that will surely earn the Dutch writer-director a cult reputation on the genre circuit, "going there" does not a movie make.
  11. Excruciatingly stupid movie.
  12. 12
    Six has now made a film deliberately intended to inspire incredulity, nausea and hopefully outrage. It's being booked as a midnight movie, and is it ever. Boozy fanboys will treat it like a thrill ride.
  13. Crosses the line from horror to just plain sick.
  14. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    0
    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. The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is such a specimen. Would that I had 100 legs to kick it.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 168 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 65
  2. Negative: 37 out of 65
  1. Apr 7, 2011
    0
    This movie is my **** nightmare! Do not watch this movie, spare yourselves from the mental scarring that this movie will inflict upon you.This movie is my **** nightmare! Do not watch this movie, spare yourselves from the mental scarring that this movie will inflict upon you. Ever since I have watched this movie I have not been able to get my full nights rest. The image of the human centipede was, and still is, stuck in my head. I seriously regret watching this movie. Please do yourselves a favour, and do not watch this movie. You will be thanking me for my advice for the rest of your lives. I wish I could invent a time machine to just erase the very thought of this movie from my head. I get the chills just thinking about the movie. Please, just don't watch this movie. I think I'm going to catch Hannah Montana from the Disney Channel. Have a nice day everyone. Full Review »
  2. Apr 7, 2011
    9
    Ok, Legit WTF just happened. This movie consumed my soul and made me think deeper to the depths that humans will go to in order to get whatOk, Legit WTF just happened. This movie consumed my soul and made me think deeper to the depths that humans will go to in order to get what they want. What they want I don't know. It appears to be torture porn because this movie was 2 hours of torture porn Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2011
    0
    This film shouldn't be categorized as a horror, there's nothing scary about it at all. The film's plot is so full of holes, and that "100%This film shouldn't be categorized as a horror, there's nothing scary about it at all. The film's plot is so full of holes, and that "100% Medically Accurate" tag is a joke. If you want to keep your sanity, skip this film. Full Review »