Choke Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 6, 2008
CHOKE will probably find a following with 19 year old college kids who haven't seen enough good movies to know better, but this felt like a missed opportunity to make something memorably off the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
October 3, 2008
The stuff that is missing from the book would have certainly made the film's story abundantly stronger, but there is enough there to satisfy anyone who enjoys Palahniuk's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 2, 2008
It wants to be sleazy, or at least naughty; it's only tired. And it's just too slight to really say much more for or against it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
October 2, 2008
Choke, adapted by actor Clark Gregg in his directorial debut, lacks Fincher's slickly overwrought style but gets Palahniuk's silly plot turns and pet themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
Hollywood.com
October 1, 2008
Choke is a relatively small film designed for quirky tastes and on that level and for Rockwell's manic performance, it's worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 30, 2008
Leaves most raunchy comedy contenders in the dust of sophomoric "dirty" mindedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 30, 2008
Bobs around on a tide of misanthropy, occasionally surprising us with small moments of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 30, 2008
Sex, choking, the Messiah ... It doesn't have the impact you'd think with those things as the key subjects. It should have gone darker, otherwise Choke just runs out of breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2008
Rockwell has an off-center charm and, as his gorgon mother, Anjelica Huston is more imposing than this movie deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 29, 2008
It's faithful to a fault; like its source, it's overstuffed with ideas and incidents and colorful and often distasteful digressions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 29, 2008
Instead of just being completely nihilistic all the way through, there is growth in the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 28, 2008
[Q]uite sweet and moving and full of cynicism that really just wants for a hug, pretty please...
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 27, 2008
A polished piece of satire that bleeds deeply with the very targets it's eviscerating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2008
...the increasingly random and aimless atmosphere inevitably wears one down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
September 26, 2008
Any movie that opens with the story of the woman, her dog and a jar of peanut butter is okay by me.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 26, 2008
Debut director Clark Gregg draws strong performances from Rockwell, Huston and Brad William Henke as Victor's dim-bulb buddy.
| Original Score: 3/4
Adam Fendelman
HollywoodChicago.com
September 26, 2008
Standing and pacing during our interview, Sam Rockwell made a hilarious theatrical moment out of his frustration while lighting a cigarette. He talked about his latest characterization, which is a challenging performance channeling an Oedipal personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 26, 2008
A forgettable adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's 2001 novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 26, 2008
Choke is disappointing not for what it is but what it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 26, 2008
Gregg's adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel has a fluid grasp of the impossible and possible, not to mention the profane and sacred.
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