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Traffic (2000)

tomatometer

92

Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 143 | Rotten: 12

Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.

93

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 3

Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.

audience

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 188,583

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Movie Info

A patchwork of stories that evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade, as seen through a series of inter-related stories, some are highly personal, some are filled with intrigue and danger. A Mexican policeman finds himself caught in a web of corruption; A pair of undercover DEA agents work in the sordid and dangerous world of San Diego dealers; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife takes over

R,

Drama

Stephen Gaghan

May 29, 2001

$123.8M

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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (143) | Rotten (12) | DVD (41)

I don't see this slightly better-than-average drug thriller, with slightly better-than-average direction by Steven Soderbergh, as anything more than a routine rubber-stamping of genre reflexes.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
Chicago Reader
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The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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It's wise about different kinds of addiction and concepts of family, about the folly, futility and hypocrisy of anti-drug 'wars', and about the awful human cost of it all. And it grips like a vice from start to end.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Soderbergh's jazzed stylistics can be smartly entertaining. Without them, an uneven movie like Traffic might seem more of a mélange than it already is.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It is such a complex film yet artfully done in such a way that you cannot help but sit back and admire it.

July 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A little masterpiece, at best, but for any other filmmaker, this would be a career highlight, while it's also easy to see how most other filmmakers would turn it into a dull, obvious harangue.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

In terms of modern films, it kicked off a whole list of issue-related multi-character dramas like Syriana, Crash, and Babel -- and it may be the best of all of them, even if some of its stories are stronger than others.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

A fascinating look at how we're winning and losing the "war" on drugs.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Tons of drug use, violence, and depressing stories.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

"Traffic" leaps into growing gorges between profit and principle and, from a law perspective, questions the sanity of ramming heads into walls of cocaine bricks. It remains one of the Zeroes' preeminent epics even after policy cinema's shift to terrorism.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Soderbergh uses a handheld camera to saturate the film, which he describes as Nashville meets The French Connection, with compelling, docudramatic urgency.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Le film de Steven Soderbergh et Stephen Gaghan est visiblement le fruit d'un travail de recherche exhaustif et d'une démarche narrative tout aussi réfléchie et cohérente.

July 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

Intelligent and highly thought-provoking.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Traffic is one of those square-up-the-middle tracts that make people think they're thinking.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comments (4)
eFilmCritic.com

Mr. Soderburgh never insults or spoon-feeds his audience. His camera only documents and observes what's out there. And with a subject like this, that can be the most effective technique.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

By Hollywood standards, this is a decently written, well-made social problem picture, but it's not nearly as harsh, critical and effective as Traffik, the 5-hour British mini-series upon which Gaghan's script is based.

June 24, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comment (1)
EmanuelLevy.Com

Overrated... but worth seeing.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

You may agree with its message, and be impressed by the camerawork. But this movie is stretched too thin and eventually asks us to accept some pretty ludicrous twists.

December 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

This close dissection of the arguably inneffectual drug war being fought by the US government is so complex, so intricate, that I am surprised that the film has met with commercial success.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

One of the best movies of the year: a gripping, intelligent and ambitious drama about drug trafficking and the misguided war against it.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Traffic

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November 22, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

An always engaging and expertly edited multi-character drama that presents a grim portrait about the war on drugs and understands that there are no easy solutions for this complex problem. But Soderbergh also exaggerates in his blatantly unsubtle, didactic photography.
August 11, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

A dark, unsettling, informative story interweaving three different casts of characters on how the drug trade effects all hierarchies and cultures. Steven Soderbergh has constructed a near-masterpiece of a film and one of the best films about drugs ever. The way he connects all three stories, and details his characters and gives each one many dimensions is simply stunning. The color schemes he uses for each story is definitely different but effective, and the way he concludes each one is impressive. There are some parts that feel a little Hollywoodized, but asides from these brief instances, this is a near-flawless film that deserves to be seen by anyone interested in the drug trade and just how deadly it is in all of society.
April 3, 2013
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

    1. Javier Rodriguez: I had that dream again.
    2. Manolo Sanchez: Which one?
    3. Javier Rodriguez: Where my mother's suffocating.
    – Submitted by Jean R (13 months ago)
    1. Robert Wakefield: If there is a war on drugs, then many of our family members are the enemy. And I don't know how you wage war on your own family.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Robert Wakefield: Look, we need to take down either of these cartels: either Juarez or Tijuana. Not because they're a symbol but... hell, they are a symbol! But because we need to send a message! When Carlos Ayala hires Michael Addler as his legal defense, I send Ben Williams down to San Diego as a prosecutor, why? Because it's a symbol. It's a symbol that we are sending the best! It's a message that we're going after their top guys.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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