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Choke Reviews

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August 15, 2011
We'll allow this sad little premature ejaculation of a movie to choke on its own insufficiencies.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 19, 2009
Squandered dime-store philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 24, 2008
Despite the busy plotwork, surprisingly little actually happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2008
an erotic gospel for the secular age
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
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
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
November 21, 2008
For all its flaws and fumbles there is a certain guilty pleasure in Choke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
November 21, 2008
The whole movie is dying, actually. But it puts on a brave face and gratefully receives visitors.
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
November 21, 2008
Sharper direction and a less throwaway tone would have allowed it to add up to more.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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