• 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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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Despite a first-rate all-star cast, the stories never connect or illuminate.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2001
Victoria Alexander

I was hard pressed to find any new insights into the world of drug trafficking.

Full Review

December 6, 2000
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
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 Blackwelder

This multi-narrative message-heavy epic is often ... busy peddling smug political proclamations and milking dubious (nee implausible) melodramatic ironies.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 2/4

January 4, 2001
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film soft pedals any advocacy for legalizing drugs and offers no hard-hitting critique of current policies, except to say it doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

January 1, 2000
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2001
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Resisting making a movie about characters instead of sweeping generalizations on the wide world of illegal drugs, [Soderbergh] fails to come up with a point.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: C

December 18, 2000
Charles Taylor
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Traffic is a failure of a very high order -- a movie that takes a gutsy stand and displays real filmmaking savvy but simply isn't as exciting as it should be to watch.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 28, 2000
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

Traffic has potent moments and that old reliable, a 'powerhouse cast,' but after about half of its 147 minutes the thought was nibbling on me: Why is this not cohering as a really major work?

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 4, 2001
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Both the film and the drug war are rife with moral ambiguity and contradictions that doom them to ultimate failure.

January 4, 2001
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound

Although its vigorous, unjaded rush of imagery and story makes for an exciting visual experience, Steven Soderbergh's Traffic is in the end a fatally sober film about drugs.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

April 13, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is powerful precisely because it doesn't preach.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 5, 2001
James Berardinelli
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The narrative pallet of Traffic is rich, tightly woven, and consistently involving, with characters that are as well developed as their necessarily limited screen time allows.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2000
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
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

The acting is crisp all around, and Douglas' war-weary heaviness speaks volumes.

January 5, 2001
James Rocchi

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

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

November 7, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A picture fascinating in both its complexity and absurdity.

December 12, 2000
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

As exhaustively researched and carefully planned as it is, Traffic is also quite entertaining.

January 5, 2001
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

| Original Score: 9/10

October 30, 2001
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
Todd McCarthy
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February 16, 2001

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September 7, 2001

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