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Heavy Traffic Reviews

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
July 31, 2013
Heavy Traffic may be a bit dated in terms of its distinct '70s tone, but that doesn't make it any less fascinating. If you're a fan of the animation genre, this certainly qualifies as essential viewing.
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
July 16, 2013
It's a downbeat, dark fantasia of urban life from a filmmaker trying to understand the darkness of the moment before it slipped away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
September 4, 2008
Heavy Traffic not only has an authentic tenement toughness but the rough feeling of unassimilated autobiography, of experiences and fantasies still keenly felt.
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Variety Staff
September 3, 2008
There's something to offend everyone in this melange of crudely conceived, amateurishly animated stuff.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 3, 2008
Filled with autobiographical resonance and razor-edged humor, this is a cynical portrait of one young man's coming of age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
A zesty abstract-jazz riff of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The quality of the animation is cornflake packet standard, the script -- one or two minor moments excepted -- a disaster.
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Roger Greenspun
New York Times
May 21, 2003
A cruel, funny, heartbreaking love note to a city kept alive by its freaks, and always, always dying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 6, 2002
...deliriously perverted...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of Bakshi's most brazen and bizarrely entertaining.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Apollo Guide
August 16, 2001
Ralph Bakshi's cartoon Heavy Traffic ferociously mixes in live-action elements, tracing the schizophrenic journey of a struggling cartoonist through a crippling 70s New York City.
Full Review | Original Score: 68/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A frenetic, over-the-top combination of live action and crude animation that explores the seedy world of New York's Lower East Side in the early 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Bakshi manages to offend nearly everyone from transvestites to mafiosi; but the comic distancing achieved by his army of animators manages to bring off a most difficult kind of humor: the humor of pain and despair.
Emanuel Levy
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
February 5, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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