“The Centipede Can Be Considered A Phallic Symbol. Centipedes Are Very Aggressive Creatures. Their Bite Can Be Very Painful.”
The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) could be the sickest B movie ever made. But that's why you may feel gripped by the horror of what you're seeing and the terror of what's coming.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A lurid, splattery wallow in grime, blood and excrement.
Andy Webster - New York Times
This wearisome sequel to the yucky cult shocker, by Dutch horror maestro Tom Six, brings the Human Centipede franchise straight to what can only be called its "Godfather 4" stage.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
This is tension-free torture porn, whose perpetrator's actions aren't just banal and consequence-free, they're endlessly justified by an abusive back-story.
Catherine Shoard - Guardian [UK]
Dismal, nauseating and yet bizarrely artful...
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
All Six is going for, with the generous application of both hardware supplies to the skin and feces to the camera, is a tired commentary on his shallow talents: They're excremental.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Once Six's conceptual project becomes clear, his escalating audience-mocking torture is increasingly pointless.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
This is surely hell, as a godless Dante or Bosch might paint it.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
It's everything that there was to loathe before and then some.
William Goss - MSN Movies
The movie is a reductio ad absurdum, a sick joke taken to extremes, beginning with a goof on the notion that horror movies inspire copycats and ending with a test to determine whether some people will watch anything.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The film is reprehensible, dismaying, ugly, artless and an affront to any notion, however remote, of human decency.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
More boring than stomach-churning, the film nevertheless contains scattered scenes and sequences so far beyond the tolerance of the squeamish that it can't be overstated.
Robert Koehler - Variety
'The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)'' is sick, disgusting and vile. It's also demonically funny, stylish and ingenious.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
Like the original, the most shocking aspect comes from the revelation that Six can actually tell a story.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
I'm striving to maintain a neutral tone here because I think that's the best way to deflate this silly, clever, disgusting and ultimately meaningless project to a reasonable scale.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Human Centipede 1 allowed for some lowball entertainment. Human Centipede 2 offers only sadism. Here's the best I can say about Tom Six: The man has managed to outdo himself, for better or for worse.
Daniel Engber - Slate
Whatever gothic originality the first Human Centipede possessed is altogether lacking in this sorry follow-up.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
It's hard to tell whether [Six] made "The Human Centipede 2" to titillate his audience or to mock it. And after a while, it is hard to care.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
The film is in black-and-white so the gore doesn't spray quite as colorfully. But you'll still puke up a storm.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Six has in essence backed himself into a rhetorical corner, leaving as perhaps the only option for his next stunt something in which the filmmaker Tom Six winds up with his mouth surgically attached to his own anus.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
The gratuitous and exploitative nature of the violence, coupled with very little story development and plot, makes for a film without any real purpose other to shock and appall.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
Rather than trying to entertain us, director Tom Six goes all out in an attempt to make us sick, to offend our very sensibilities. He has succeeded. And screw him for that.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Mocks torture porn while being the worst form of it all at the same time, The Human Centipede II personifies what not to do with a sequel.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's not just graphic; it's contemptuous.
John Gholson - Movies.com
It tries to be more disgusting, more outrageous than this idea of a 12-person human centipede. The result is, by design, absolutely no good.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Uses its status as a meta film to comment on the contentious argument that violence in cinema can somehow can be blamed for violence in real life.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Excruciating and horrendous...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Full Sequence could be considered an interesting counterpart to Gus van Sant's Elephant... But what it lacks in the subtlety of van Sant's film, it makes up with scenes of genital mutilation.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
The enormous shift in stylistic focus between [Six's] first and second film and the technical skill he displays (notably in his superb sound design) suggests he has much to offer beyond the self-imposed limitations of his bum-to-gum oddities.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
monochrome mise en scene and surrealist flourishes more reminiscent of Eraserhead and Bad Boy Bubby than of anything in conventional horror.
Anton Bitel - Sight and Sound
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
I'll grant benefit of the doubt. Right before I huddle in the fetal position and ease my fractured soul with a few hours of Fraggle Rock.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
- Miami Herald
It shifts effortlessly between a twisted study in obsessive psychosis and barbed sardonic satire.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
It's the sort of thing that gets postmodernism a bad name.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
There are echoes of David Lynch's Eraserhead during the more scary, nightmarish moments but Six soon resorts to shock tactics.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
A heady blend of the stupid and the sophisticated, the sordid and the surreal. (Uneasily) funny, too.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
...a major disappointment that admittedly ups the gore quotient but fails in virtually every other respect.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Six is playing it smart...Instead of trying to rewrite history or reverse the condemnation, he's purposefully playing into the hands of the hysterics.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It would be unfair to say the film is completely without merit, but what little there is is drowned out by its blaring vileness.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
If you can tune into its warped, droll humour and excessive brutality, this is one hell of an experience you are sure not to forget.
Evrim Ersoy - Electric Sheep
Perhaps the most vile, repellent, repulsive, depraved, degraded, debased and plain ugly movie I have ever seen.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Despite its self-awareness, and the central performance, this is still a grubby hack job about a grubby whack-job whacking off grubbily.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
In stark contrast to the original's cool, clinical horror, Martin's cack-handed creation of the arse-to-mouth creature is played for cheap, sick slapstick laughs.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The shocks will be familiar to anyone who enjoyed the first film.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
It's clear what director Tom Six considers the movie: an endurance test, to be tolerated by the loyal and condemned by the ignorant and the feeble.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
... a fiendishly clever self-homage that tackles the 'HC' phenomenon head-on ... Embracing his critics, Six posits the question: What might the world's most insatiable 'HC' fan be like? Scary.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Alexandra Cavallo - Boston Phoenix
Make no mistake, this little cinematic burst of savagery and bathroom pornography is as balls-out as its predecessor was comparatively restrained.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com