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Traffic Reviews

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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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's wise about different kinds of addiction and concepts of family, about the folly, futility and hypocrisy of anti-drug 'wars', and about the awful human cost of it all. And it grips like a vice from start to end.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
February 7, 2001
It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
A real cannonball, a hardass drama about the drug trade that Steven Soderbergh directs like a thriller -- it comes out blazing.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 5, 2001
In compelling terms, it puts bitter economic, social and racial truth before our eyes. Continue to blink or see. Your choice.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 5, 2001
Don't avoid Traffic. It takes you to the most amazing places.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 5, 2001
Traffic sometimes has the impact of a tense war film or a grittily modernist, post- Godfather crime epic such as Heat or Goodfellas.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 5, 2001
Smart, risky entertainment.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 5, 2001
The movie's scope is breathtaking, delivering the most expansive portrait of the illegal narcotics trade ever put on film.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 5, 2001
Walk straight and steady into Steven Soderbergh's dizzying drug drama Traffic and minutes later you'll feel as woozy as if you had fallen into one of Wonderland's smokiest sinkholes.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2001
A huge canvas of a movie that nonetheless brings the various facets of drug trafficking -- and drug-taking -- down to human scale.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2001
With Traffic, his most ambitious and complex film to date, Soderbergh again proves himself one of our most inventive filmmakers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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January 5, 2001
A blistering, thought-provoking modern masterpiece.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2001
Traffic looks like the Oscar best-picture front-runner, and so does Soderbergh, for best director. But long after everyone has forgotten who won the statues, it will be remembered as one of film's most stylish and electrifying wake-up calls.
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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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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 5, 2001
A triumph from all perspectives.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 4, 2001
As Javier Rodriguez, a Mexican policeman caught between overwhelming corruption and his granite-encased integrity, Del Toro's the best reason of all to watch the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 4, 2001
There's enough here to keep anyone in awe.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 4, 2001
It's a thriller that really thrills, a drama that really engages, a portrait of a world and system out of joint that is painfully convincing and totally engrossing from the first simmering minute to the last explosive second.
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 4, 2001
Impressively vast canvas portrait of the futile war on drugs, though lacking anything new on the subject.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
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.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
December 28, 2000
A riveting, semi-documentary drama, and yet calling it that is a disservice to just how suspenseful and stylish an entertainment it is.
| Original Score: 94/100
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
December 28, 2000
Traffic is one story with many threads -- interwoven, snagging and opposing threads that all come together beautifully.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
December 28, 2000
Traffic is movie excitement from beginning to end.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 27, 2000
A cogent commentary on a major societal ill and a signal from Soderbergh that he's more than capable of handling the complexities of an ensemble drama.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 27, 2000
Occasionally naive, but often harrowing, always engaging.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 27, 2000
Stephen Gaghan's script mines nearly 2 1/2 hours of consistently credible drama from four interlocked stories.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 27, 2000
Breathtakingly stylish, wonderfully acted and its three interrelated tales of the 'war' on drugs are brilliantly structured to form a cohesive, powerful whole.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 27, 2000
Exemplary Hollywood social realism.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 27, 2000
The film understands the sheer, brutal force of human desire.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 27, 2000
Yet another indication of how accomplished a filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has become.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 22, 2000
Dazzling!
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2000
A picture fascinating in both its complexity and absurdity.
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Laura Fries
Variety
December 12, 2000
Represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level.