Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 7 out of 27
  1. 38
    CHOKE tries to be dirty but manages merely to be dingy.
  2. Sam Rockwell strips himself down to pure appetite and has a buoyant spirit. But the film sure doesn't. It's bizarrely flat--it has no affect.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    30
    They explain and explain again the genesis of Victor's demons, to the point where the novel and movie play almost like parodies of novels and movies in which a character has to get in touch with his feelings in order to become a better man.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    30
    I walked out of Choke feeling hustled, which is appropriate enough, I guess, for a movie that's a portrait of a compulsive hustler.
  5. 30
    These ideas may well have cohered in Chuck Palahniuk's best-selling satirical novel, which I haven't read, but in this screen adaptation by writer-director Clark Gregg they seem more like an assortment of gimmicks.
  6. 30
    A singularly vulgar piece of work.
  7. An annoying little film that attempts to be lascivious but is merely ludicrous.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. SpaceC.
    Feb 27, 2009
    3
    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 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. Full Review »
  2. JayH.
    Feb 17, 2009
    3
    Preposterous and stupid, none of the characters have any depth. It's pretentious, uninteresting and poorly directed. I found very little Preposterous and stupid, none of the characters have any depth. It's pretentious, uninteresting and poorly directed. I found very little of interest. Full Review »
  3. BillH.
    Jan 10, 2009
    8
    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, 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... Full Review »