• 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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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 4/4

March 21, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 8, 2003

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2002
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat

Soderbergh's carefully braiding of its diverse stories never wanders into incoherence.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2002
Ron Wells
Film Threat

Not just a great film, but an important one.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 5/5

December 8, 2002
James Rocchi

Simply put: This is the best American film since The Godfather.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 5/5

November 7, 2002
Matthew Turner

Brilliantly-made, impeccably acted, already tipped for Oscars -- this is easily one of the best films you'll see this year.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 5/5

October 30, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

This is a superb film.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 4/4

October 15, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 26, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Original Score: 4/4

September 10, 2002
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Hits home because of what it is portraying ... the drug war feels ultimately futile, but its victims and consequences can not be ignored.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 9/10

July 12, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

An entertaining polemic filled with world-class performances,

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 21, 2002
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Didático e provocante...

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 5/5

May 31, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Jeremy Heilman

All in all, it's one of the best (though not the best) films of the year.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 4/4

March 5, 2002
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

It should be mandatory viewing for absolutely everyone ... especially those involved in the war on drugs.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 5/5

December 10, 2001
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium

Steven Soderbergh has been consistently honing a cinematic approach which is perhaps the freshest, most intelligent and original in mainstream American films today.

Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium | Original Score: B

October 24, 2001
Widgett Walls

The problem with this film is that it takes forever to get to where it's going.

Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 30, 2001
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

Ambitious, intricate and cast to a fare-thee-well.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 4, 2001
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