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Traffic Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 7, 2001
Despite a first-rate all-star cast, the stories never connect or illuminate.
| Original Score: 3/5
Victoria Alexander
December 6, 2000
I was hard pressed to find any new insights into the world of drug trafficking.
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Rob Gonsalves
August 5, 2007
Traffic is one of those square-up-the-middle tracts that make people think they're thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 18, 2008
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.
Rob Blackwelder
January 4, 2001
This multi-narrative message-heavy epic is often ... busy peddling smug political proclamations and milking dubious (nee implausible) melodramatic ironies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: C+
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 7, 2001
It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
December 18, 2000
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 | Original Score: C
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Charles Taylor
December 28, 2000
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.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 4, 2001
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?
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
January 4, 2001
Both the film and the drug war are rife with moral ambiguity and contradictions that doom them to ultimate failure.
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
April 13, 2001
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2001
The movie is powerful precisely because it doesn't preach.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
December 22, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Tons of drug use, violence, and depressing stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 5, 2001
The acting is crisp all around, and Douglas' war-weary heaviness speaks volumes.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Simply put: This is the best American film since The Godfather.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2000
A picture fascinating in both its complexity and absurdity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 5, 2001
As exhaustively researched and carefully planned as it is, Traffic is also quite entertaining.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
| Original Score: 9/10
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