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Gridlock'd Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 2, 2008


A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 2, 2008
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

May 2, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle

The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

June 5, 2005
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

An ambitious, too ambitious, effort by Curtis Hall that shows talent and a future behind the camera.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

April 9, 2005
Dragan Antulov

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

November 7, 2003
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A very underrated film that is also very truthful

| Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 4/5

December 18, 2002
James Rocchi

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

Written and directed by actor Vondie Curtis Hall, the film blends savvy and sour-mash humor with bone-deep sadness that recalls predecessors as varied as After Hours and Trainspotting.

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 17, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Exposes the obstacles that that two down-and-out men face in their efforts to turn their lives around.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 28, 2002
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2002
Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
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Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 14, 2001
Scott Renshaw

In Gridlock'd, an oddly effective combination of gritty drama and social satire, Shakur and his co-star Tim Roth take sketchy characters and make them exciting to watch through the pure energy of their talent and chemistry.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7/10

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina

The film is often quite funny, deftly walking the thin line between the harrowing and the hilarious.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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A smart, well-made buddy film about two junkies desperate to kick the habit.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Gridlock'd is refreshing because it's different. The subject matter isn't new, but the approach and tone are.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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June 5, 2002
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
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