Choke Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
November 24, 2008
Despite the busy plotwork, surprisingly little actually happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
November 21, 2008
an erotic gospel for the secular age
Xan Brooks
Guardian
November 21, 2008
For all its flaws and fumbles there is a certain guilty pleasure in Choke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Total Film
November 21, 2008
But his sterility and romantically curved plot, twisted as it might be, feel respectively reductive and pat next to Palahniuk's fast, filthy and scabrous satirical stabs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
November 21, 2008
Palahniuk's novels are so wilfully quirky, so egocentric, so out there, that transferring them to the screen must be like using chopsticks to transport a blancmange across a room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
November 21, 2008
All this madness provides amusing moments, but the full-throttle absurdities become too difficult to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Wilding
Empire Magazine
November 21, 2008
An uneven take on Palahniuk's fourth novel, Rockwell and Huston shining brightly enough to eclipse a patchy directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 20, 2008
Enjoyable, blackly comic drama with a great script and a terrific central performance by Sam Rockwell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
November 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 31, 2008
I laughed. I thought it bizarrely funny, but the laughter can become uneasy.
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)
October 31, 2008
Slighter and tighter than its blockbuster cousin, shot in the neighbourhood of just five percent of its predecessor's budget.
Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 25, 2008
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.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 25, 2008
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,
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 23, 2008
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
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
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.

Bullz-Eye.com
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source
October 12, 2008
It's a mishmash of a lot of cool scenes that don't really build, but those individual scenes are usually terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
November 21, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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