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Choke Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
I found it choppy, I found it dull, I found it disinteresting.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 5, 2008
This movie is only marginally enjoyable.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 18, 2008
Choke tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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-
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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
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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
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 26, 2008
A goofy blend of quirky characters, strange situations and wrong relationships, with just enough sadness running beneath its eccentricity to keep things somewhat real, Choke is a conscious oddball of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 26, 2008
Gregg's unstable direction mutes the humor and confuses the schmaltz, yielding a tonally discombobulated film. And a thoroughly discombobulated critic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2008
As the story of a wallowing pig, Choke is often pretty entertaining, but when it comes to where-do-I-come-from poignancy, it can't always keep from gagging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2008
Palahniuk's book wasn't nearly as sharp or edgy as it was trying to be, but it's a sack of razors compared with this limp adaptation.
| Original Score: C-
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2008
An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
September 26, 2008
There's a lot going on in Choke, and it may be more than first-time director Clark Gregg can handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 26, 2008
Sam Rockwell's resistance to boos serves him well in Choke, a black comedy that actually improves upon the Chuck Palahniuk novel that spawned it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2008
Maybe this stuff works on the page, in Chuck Palahniuk's darkly comic novel, but Choke is awfully tough to digest on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 26, 2008
An entertaining collection of vignettes strung together by a sarcastic loudmouth whose heart is breaking under his sophomoric bravado.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 25, 2008
Self-destructive, Oedipally fixated slackers everywhere can rest safe in the knowledge that at last they have a voice in pop culture.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 25, 2008
Though there are moments of viable dark humor, it feels glib and lacks the sardonic quality of the novel by Chuck Palahniuk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2008
Choke is too low-key for its own good, and neither Rockwell nor Macdonald seems able to find the right psychic momentum to move this thing along the way it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 25, 2008
Nonstop weirdness plus an oddly touching performance by Rockwell make for an uneven, fitfully funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 25, 2008
All the pieces are here, but you have to glue the kite together to make it fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
September 25, 2008
Choke doesn't suffer so much from downscaled production values as from direction and packaging that just don't match Palahniuk's imaginative brio in cinematic terms.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 25, 2008
There's plenty to offend here. But there's also plenty to enjoy, Rockwell's performance topping that list.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2008
[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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
It's an indelibly warped cartoon of lust and despair.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 24, 2008
I don't know what to tell you about a dismal bucket of nauseating swill called Choke, except to warn that if you spend hard-earned money to sit through it, you deserve to do exactly what the title implies.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
September 24, 2008
Yawn.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 22, 2008
It's bizarrely flat -- it has no affect. It's like Palahniuk translated into Robotese.
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
June 24, 2008
Honestly, this is like the anti-SEX AND THE CITY. I liked that movie, but if you're a dude who hated it and got dragged by your girlfriend anyway, this is the appropriate payback date film.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2008
Whimsical tale of a sex addict is good for some laughs but ultimately doesn't rise to the occasion.