With a dozen or so sizable roles, Traffic has more juicy acting opportunities than two or three ordinary films, and the high-powered cast seems to relish every moment.
| Original Score: 4/4
Soderbergh's visual treatment of this story is compelling; the film's globe- (or at least America-) trotting style conveys the scale and scope of the subject matter.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
The problem with Traffic is that it has a lot of things to say and a lot of style to say it with, the end result being a big mish mosh with little mesh.
| Original Score: 4/5
Soderbergh's carefully braiding of its diverse stories never wanders into incoherence.
| Original Score: 5/5
Not just a great film, but an important one.
Simply put: This is the best American film since The Godfather.
Brilliantly-made, impeccably acted, already tipped for Oscars -- this is easily one of the best films you'll see this year.
This is a superb film.
Traffic does not pretend to solve the problem of illegal drugs. What it does do is lead the audience on a deeply textured journey through a contorted world with emotion, intellect and style.
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.
This is still a very, very good film (it makes the lower half of my 2000 top ten), but not quite the masterpiece many critics are calling it.
Hits home because of what it is portraying ... the drug war feels ultimately futile, but its victims and consequences can not be ignored.
| Original Score: 9/10
An entertaining polemic filled with world-class performances,
| Original Score: 3/4
Didático e provocante...
As Soderbergh's glib shots of characters from different tales passing one another like ships in the night suggest, we're all just one off-ramp from the highway to hell.
All in all, it's one of the best (though not the best) films of the year.
It should be mandatory viewing for absolutely everyone ... especially those involved in the war on drugs.
Steven Soderbergh has been consistently honing a cinematic approach which is perhaps the freshest, most intelligent and original in mainstream American films today.
| Original Score: B
The problem with this film is that it takes forever to get to where it's going.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ambitious, intricate and cast to a fare-thee-well.