• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Clark Gregg
    In Theaters:
    Sep 26, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 17, 2009
  • Fox Searchlight


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Choke Reviews

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David Stratton
The Australian

There are plenty of interesting and unusual elements in this very strange film, but in the end it seems that whatever special spirit was present in Palahniuk's book has eluded Gregg and his collaborators.

Full Review Source: The Australian | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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I found it choppy, I found it dull, I found it disinteresting.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 5, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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This movie is only marginally enjoyable.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 5, 2008
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

I laughed. I thought it bizarrely funny, but the laughter can become uneasy.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 31, 2008
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)

Slighter and tighter than its blockbuster cousin, shot in the neighbourhood of just five percent of its predecessor's budget.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 31, 2008
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Gregg, with his first directing job, has risen to the challenge, and adapted Choke without sacrificing anything and resulting in a less conventional film.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2008
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

Rockwell's performance is so artificial it's as if we're invited to look past all the tics to the real human being who might be lurking beneath.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 31, 2008
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

Although the central performances are solid, Clark Gregg, in his first film as director has taken on a wildly ambitious story to tell, and that's to his credit, but it's more a curiosity of a film than a walk on the wild side.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2008
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Cheerfully offensive and well acted, but visually pedestrian. We needed to share the character's mania, not just passively observe it.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

October 28, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Sam Rockwell throws himself into this thornbush of a role with a veracity that is curiously intensified by the (real life) damaged finger in his left hand.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 25, 2008
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

More quirky than funny, this perverse satire chomps into a sandwich filled with issues like sex and belonging. Pushing the envelope every which way, this adaptation of Chuck Palhniuk's fourth novel is out to shock, confront and offend, which it does,

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

October 25, 2008
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Chuck Palahniuk is a cult figure.He's the writer of, among other things, "Fight Club," which became a cult film if ever there was one. Palahniuk's writings are hilarious at times, disturbing at others, always adult and, more often than not, involve some k

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Rockwell and Henke are spectacular as the sex-addicted protagonists, and the other cast members are up to the task as well. And that makes Choke wild and woolly enough to keep you laughing much of the time.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

It's funny, in a twisted sort of way, but for all the perverse turns of the plot, it's a strangely familiar journey of a good guy in bad-boy clothing.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

October 18, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Choke tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 18, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Choke gives sexual anarchy a bad name.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 1/4

October 18, 2008
Patrick Z. McGavin
Screen International

The movie's not quite there, but it represents a dark ride into the night that unleashes a series of precarious thrills.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

It's a mishmash of a lot of cool scenes that don't really build, but those individual scenes are usually terrific.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: B

October 12, 2008
Nick Rogers

Too smart-alecky to sell the redemptive shift Clark Gregg has written into the story. It's very different, and less pessimistic, than Chuck Palahniuk. Thankfully, there is Sam Rockwell's trusty scumminess and an abundance of skillfully morbid humor.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 2008
David Noh
Film Journal International

Sam Rockwell, with his eternally raffish, furtive quality, is perfectly cast as Victor Mancini, the unregenerate sex addict in Clark Gregg's Choke.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 8, 2008
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