Choking Man

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 34


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User Ratings: 667
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At the Olympic Diner, Jorge, the dishwasher, is choking on the American dream. Jorge is caught between his Ecuadorian roots, his new American life working at the diner for Rick and his own crippling shyness. When the diner adds a bright new member to the staff, Jorge's world gets a little more complicated as his affections grow for the new waitress, a beautiful Chinese girl named Amy.

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Critic Reviews for Choking Man

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (17)

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

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 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.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not a bad effort at all - and certainly a whole class above Ninja Turtles.

    Nov 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
  • Overburdened with disorienting stylistic devices and contrived plot elements that reduce the psychological depth to which it aspires.

    Nov 28, 2007

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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