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  • Summary: Choke is a wickedly colorful dark comedy about mothers and sons, sexual compulsion, and the sordid underbelly of Colonial theme parks. Victor Mancini, a sex-addicted med-school dropout, who keeps his increasingly deranged mother, Ida, in an expensive private medical hospital by working days as a historical re-enactor at a Colonial Williamsburg theme park. At night Victor runs a scam by deliberately choking in upscale restaurants to form parasitic relationships with the wealthy patrons who “save” him. When, in a rare lucid movement, Ida reveals that she has withheld the shocking truth of his father’s identity, Victor enlists the aid of his best friend, Denny and his mother’s beautiful attending physician, Dr. Paige Marshall, to solve the mystery before the truth of his possibly divine parentage is lost forever. (Fox Searchlight) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. It's an indelibly warped cartoon of lust and despair.
  2. It adds up to an entertaining collection of vignettes strung together by a sarcastic loudmouth whose heart is breaking under his sophomoric bravado.
  3. While Choke, adapted for the screen and directed by Clark Gregg, is by no means a disaster, it is disappointing - and oddly dull.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Disappointing not for what it is but what it could have been.
  5. 42
    Cluttered, flavorless Choke, which crams the novel's nervy narration into an irritating voiceover, and leaps around in time and space with all the attention span of an ADD-addled child.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Palahniuk's antic absurdism is duly present, but the hurtling pace and barely-underlying nihilism that transferred to screen so vividly in "Fight Club" aren't much in evidence here.
  7. An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. Zorro
    Oct 5, 2008
    i enjoyed it. i was in awe. how can i put this more specifically? i went to watch this movie without having read any reviews on it, and, like yourselves, i go to watch a movie on whether the good reviews outweigh the bad. higher chance of enjoying the movie, but then again lot's of ourselves see each other outside of the census. neither here or there. was great. From who he was, to why he was, to who he'll be, and i drove off trying to get to the shiny diamond island... Expand
  2. DarrellS.
    Sep 26, 2008
    it truly was a wonderful adaptation. In all honesty I enjoyed it much more than 'Fight Club,' but then again I enjoyed the book 'Choke' more than the book 'Fight Club.' All the actors portrayed the actors wonderfully, especially Sam Rockwell as Victor, and the chap that played Denny did a wonderful support role. The score lacked a lot, sure their was a Radiohead song at the end, and a few songs here and there, but it feels that the songs were later added by Fox rather than being an original part of the film. The score for 'Fight Club' was amazing and I anticipated 'Choke' to have the same treatment. The cameo by Mr. Palahniuk was awesome. A quick trivia about 'Fight Club:' In every single scene, no matter what, there is a cup of Starbucks coffee (even if it is not visible). If I were to give it a score, easily a 9.5 out of 10. Go see it, pay for those that actually acknowledge Chuck as a great American author, and actually made a decent book to film transition. Expand
  3. BillH.
    Jan 10, 2009
    A really great film. Haven't read the book or seen Fight Club, so I'm making no comparisons. It is an originally funny (which, given the context/plot is impressive), and poignant journey of someone who feels damaged beyond repair - and who even has identified with that image of himself - and the twisted path he's able to forge to some kind of sanity. Really, really enjoyed all aspects of it... Expand
  4. JohnS.
    Sep 30, 2008
    Went in expecting satirical and edgy. Left feeling like I'd witnessed a long and painful bowel movement, from every conceivable angle.
  5. SpaceC.
    Feb 27, 2009
    This movie is about a sex addict whose mom is dying from dementia. Its about as funny as it sounds. In the hands of a competent cast (with the possible exception of the lead), director and scriptwriter perhaps we would have been able to at least invest in the characters. However as is we are forced to sit through 89 minutes of drama surrounding characters we don't care about and a story too poorly told and blandly presented to follow. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Feb 17, 2009
    Preposterous and stupid, none of the characters have any depth. It's pretentious, uninteresting and poorly directed. I found very little of interest. Expand
  7. Mark
    Sep 28, 2008
    Have yet to see the film. For anyone who thinks Chuck is a talented writer, try this exercise: please read, or re-read the first couple of sentences to Choke, then please open the first books of Lemony Snickets "A Series of Unfortunate Events: A Bad Beginning." Not only does it appear as if Chucky lifted the idea, he did a shitty job of executing it. Snickets book is obviously geared for children and has afar superior prose style. How anyone above the age of sixteen could have opened the book "Choke" and read beyond the first two sentences is beyond me. Expand

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