Choke

Choke

54%
  • 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[Director] Gregg makes the movie work as a sordid sex satire, but falls short in rising above that. And the many loathsome-turned-pathetic characters make Choke, in the end, a bit hard to swallow.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 24, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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All the pieces are here, but you have to glue the kite together to make it fly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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With Choke, director Clark Gregg has maintained writer Chuck Palahniuk's voice but the men and women populating the film come across as the half-finished constructs of a filmmaker's imagination.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2008
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Among the most unappetizing feature films in recent memory.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

September 26, 2008
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We'll allow this sad little premature ejaculation of a movie to choke on its own insufficiencies.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 15, 2011
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Choke is an admirably fearless no-net movie, but rather than wowing the crowd below, it lands in the center of the big top with a resounding thud.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 4, 2009
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Adults-only sex comedy is shocking but shallow.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 24, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Gregg's unstable direction mutes the humor and confuses the schmaltz, yielding a tonally discombobulated film. And a thoroughly discombobulated critic.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Choke is jam-packed with faux 'outrageous' stuff that really isn't outrageous at all. It's based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, but it has none of his anger or venom

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

September 26, 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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Aside from a few choice sequences, Gregg's script largely comes up short on the transgressive or poignant front.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C+

September 22, 2008
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Choke makes its source material's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink absurdism broader, less expressive and cheaply reductive.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 21, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 6, 2008
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

a minor message at best.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 25, 2008
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 5/10

October 2, 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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Though there are moments of viable dark humor, it feels glib and lacks the sardonic quality of the novel by Chuck Palahniuk.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 25, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Choke was never going to win any prizes for subtlety, but by toning down Palahniuk's nastier absurdities in favour of obvious laughs, Gregg's adaptation is no more provocative than the average Carry On film.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

November 21, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The whole movie is dying, actually. But it puts on a brave face and gratefully receives visitors.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

November 21, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008

Irish Times

November 21, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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