Choke (2008)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While bolstered by strong performances from Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, Choke struggles to capture the tone of Chuck Palahniuk's novel.

David Jenkins
Time Out

'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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Choke tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Choke bites off more than it can chew. . . Choke's story is too hard to swallow . . . Choke is indigestible . . . Enough already! Gag me with a spoon.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I found it choppy, I found it dull, I found it disinteresting.

Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

Bobs around on a tide of misanthropy, occasionally surprising us with small moments of brilliance.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

We'll allow this sad little premature ejaculation of a movie to choke on its own insufficiencies.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

This movie is only marginally enjoyable.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Rockwell has an off-center charm and, as his gorgon mother, Anjelica Huston is more imposing than this movie deserves.

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Mike Scott

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
It was okay. Kind of played out like Californication as a movie - similar in theme with the sex addict lead character. I didn't really like him too much,… More
Chris Weber
This is the second film based on a work by Chuck Palahniuk. Like Fight Club, this is a gleefully subversive and offbeat fllm that it twisted yet quite… More
Robert C
Felt like a great premise that got "watered down". Like it wanted to be darker, but for whatever reason never quite goes there. Which is sad,… More
paul oh
As a fan of Sam Rockwell, I thought his acting could redeem this mediocre story of a sexual addict living his life of torture. With flimsy flashbacks and poor… More
Veronique Kwak
the title "choke" refers to a man who makes a living by disguising himself as choking victim. this man happens to be a sex addict. there's no… More
Alex roy
Based on Chuck Palahniuk's novel of the same name, the film adaptation of Choke is a success. Though not as memorable as David Fincher's Fight Club… More

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