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Traffic Reviews

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March 21, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 18, 2002
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
Susannah Breslin
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Soderbergh's carefully braiding of its diverse stories never wanders into incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Not just a great film, but an important one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Simply put: This is the best American film since The Godfather.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Brilliantly-made, impeccably acted, already tipped for Oscars -- this is easily one of the best films you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This is a superb film.
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
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.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 12, 2002
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 21, 2002
An entertaining polemic filled with world-class performances,
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Didático e provocante...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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.
Jeremy Heilman
March 5, 2002
All in all, it's one of the best (though not the best) films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
It should be mandatory viewing for absolutely everyone ... especially those involved in the war on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
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 | Original Score: B
Widgett Walls
September 30, 2001
The problem with this film is that it takes forever to get to where it's going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
June 4, 2001
Ambitious, intricate and cast to a fare-thee-well.
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