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Choke Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
We'll allow this sad little premature ejaculation of a movie to choke on its own insufficiencies.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
June 19, 2009
Squandered dime-store philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 21, 2008
'Choke' never manages to be as edgy, amusing, insightful or plain messy as you'd hope it would be, especially considering its 'naughty' promotional poster and the distribution of anal beads as a marketing device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Jon Fortgang
Film4
November 21, 2008
Uneven and oddly compromised in tone, Choke is a competent enough black comedy, but in the shadow of that other film, it never shines.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
November 21, 2008
Choke is a confused sex comedy by Clark Gregg that blunders around for 90-odd minutes trying to look butch and sensitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 21, 2008
This adaptation of a novel by American provocateur Chuck Palahniuk is profane, offensive and obscene, and packed with balefully weak jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/5

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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 21, 2008
It's hard to know what aspect is the most offensive: the glib, cynical approach to mental illness; the sleazy sexism; the infantile attempts at blasphemy; or Rockwell's smug, boorish performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5

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

The Sun (UK)
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
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 21, 2008
The whole movie is dying, actually. But it puts on a brave face and gratefully receives visitors.
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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
November 21, 2008
Sharper direction and a less throwaway tone would have allowed it to add up to more.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Victor Olliver
Teletext
November 20, 2008
The many opportunities to send up sex and psychiatry are thrown away when the film gets serious about Victor's bond with his mum. We are Freud alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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