Traffic Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 30, 2012
It is such a complex film yet artfully done in such a way that you cannot help but sit back and admire it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Eric Melin
January 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A fascinating look at how we're winning and losing the "war" on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Tons of drug use, violence, and depressing stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Rogers
November 4, 2010
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Soderbergh uses a handheld camera to saturate the film, which he describes as Nashville meets The French Connection, with compelling, docudramatic urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 18, 2008
Intelligent and highly thought-provoking.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 18, 2008
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.
Rob Gonsalves
August 5, 2007
Traffic is one of those square-up-the-middle tracts that make people think they're thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
June 24, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Overrated... but worth seeing.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
One of the best movies of the year: a gripping, intelligent and ambitious drama about drug trafficking and the misguided war against it.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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