Choking Man

Critics Consensus

Quirky animated interludes fail to lift this dull US immigrant indie out of its introverted torpid state.

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Ecuadorian immigrant Jorge (Octavio Gómez Berrios) makes a meager living scrubbing dishes in a Queens, N.Y. diner. Constantly harassed by the restaurant's overbearing manager, Jerry (Aaron Paul), Jorge yearns for romance with the new waitress, Amy (Eugenia Yuan). But he's hampered by his severe shyness and the fact that Jerry's also interested in her. While working his life away and dying on the inside, Jorge escapes to a series of vividly imagined fantasy worlds.

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Critic Reviews for Choking Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (17)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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  • For all its concern with social and mental disintegration, Choking Man is a strangely tender film.

    November 16, 2008
  • There's a low-key New York drama lurking somewhere, but Barron can't seem to decide if he's making that or something more flashy.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • The creepy and original power of the film is the schizophrenic other who taunts him when he finally crawls home to his maggoty bedsit. Weird.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Some US indie films are so torpid, so pointless and so incredibly whingey that you want to reach into the screen and slap the face of everyone involved. This film, by writer-director Steve Barron, is one such.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film marries digicam naturalism to animated fantasy to oddsome but fascinating effect, rendering magical the inner world of the shy and almost muted Jorge. It's an unusual but valuable addition to the cinema of contemporary migration.

    November 14, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Choking Man

  • Jan 18, 2010
    a young chiness woman starts work at a diner, where a very shy young man works the dishes, here we see the two charactors, going about there work days, the guy having some spark with the girl, but shyness overcoming him, and all the while, work problems coming up, nicely handled indie drama, setin queens newyork, looking realstic, a nice story and all charactors adding something
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    I dont really know what to think of this movie.It was good but depressing
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    The patiently-paced film is meant to draw us into the small community of people who work at a diner, and "touching moments" where these characters connect, are more the style than any kind of a "thriller" theme. In any case, overall it's a high quality film and well worth seeing if you get the chance, but you won't be missing much if you don't.
    El Hombre I Super Reviewer

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