Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
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.
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By Kim Newman
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The only way to react is by bringing a barf bag or a strong sense of gallows humor.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse horror number.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Amy Nicholson
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.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.''
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Excruciatingly stupid movie.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Crosses the line from horror to just plain sick.
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33 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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