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Victor Mancini (Sam Rockwell) has got some problems -- when he's not at Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings hunting for women to bed, he masquerades as a choking victim in restaurants as a scheme to gather money from unsuspecting strangers, which he uses to keep his ailing mother (Anjelica Huston) in a high-end extended-care facility for her extreme dementia. But what happens when this messed up Colonial-era theme-park employee finds Mrs. Right in the guise of his mother's doctor -- and how can he give their relationship a try when she tells him he's the next coming of Jesus Christ?… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"'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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Choke tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"We'll allow this sad little premature ejaculation of a movie to choke on its own insufficiencies."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Despite the busy plotwork, surprisingly little actually happens."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Choke is a confused sex comedy by Clark Gregg that blunders around for 90-odd minutes trying to look butch and sensitive."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"I found it choppy, I found it dull, I found it disinteresting."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"Rockwell has an off-center charm and, as his gorgon mother, Anjelica Huston is more imposing than this movie deserves."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"an erotic gospel for the secular age"
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
"For all its flaws and fumbles there is a certain guilty pleasure in Choke."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"This movie is only marginally enjoyable."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Choke is disappointing not for what it is but what it could have been."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Squandered dime-store philosophy."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
"Uneven and oddly compromised in tone, Choke is a competent enough black comedy, but in the shadow of that other film, it never shines."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"This adaptation of a novel by American provocateur Chuck Palahniuk is profane, offensive and obscene, and packed with balefully weak jokes."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
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