Choking Man
Choking Man (2007)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Barron's direction is low-key but efficient.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Low-key indie.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Overburdened with disorienting stylistic devices and contrived plot elements that reduce the psychological depth to which it aspires.

Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The movie suffocates under the weight of too many wrong choices.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

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

Tasha Robinson
Chicago Tribune

In this case, what looks like an ambitious film-school project, complete with heavy-handed sincerity, experimental camera style, and an overplayed central metaphor, becomes gently lyrical and melancholy.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Choking Man mainly falters in its inability to reconcile the darker psychological elements of Jorge's mind and all that they portend.

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Empire Magazine

Despite efforts to impart a little tension and human interest, the tale is told with such discretion, it's almost anonymous.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
El Hombre Invisible
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… More