• R, 2 hr. 27 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Steven Soderbergh
    In Theaters:
    Dec 27, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 29, 2001
  • USA Films


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Traffic Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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 Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

July 9, 2012
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 3/4

January 30, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 8/10

January 29, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tons of drug use, violence, and depressing stories.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
Nick Rogers

"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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

November 4, 2010
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 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 Source: Panorama | Original Score: 9/10

July 8, 2008

Intelligent and highly thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 18, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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 Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2007
Emanuel Levy

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

June 24, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Overrated... but worth seeing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 26, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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 Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

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 Source: Film Blather | Original Score: A

May 22, 2003
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

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

May 20, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 25, 2003
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