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Trade Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 29, 2009
A brutal, shattering story of child trafficking that is intended to deliver a sobering punch about the global human trafficking trade, Marco Kreutzpaintner's powerful drama is in fact based on investigative reports in the New York Times.
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
December 12, 2008
As cinema, 'Trade' is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Jim Hall
December 12, 2008
Such difficult subject matter requires a harder-edged delivery, but hopefully this accessible drama will therefore get its message across to a wider audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Turner
December 12, 2008
With terrific performances and strong direction throughout, this hard-hitting thriller delivers a powerful wake-up call.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
January 20, 2008
Just misses making its urgent point, which was surely the purpose of this emotionally stirring, troubling film, by turning up the excessively convoluted melodrama, and turning its eyes away from the sociopolitical issues that sex slavery thrives on.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 26, 2007
Yes, a conventional documentary about sex slavery would probably be more illuminating. It would also be more unbearable.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 6, 2007
What ultimately tips the scales is its determination to avoid sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 3, 2007
Grim, hard to take, and nightmare-producing, Trade is not for the faint of heart.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 1, 2007
I was moved.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
September 29, 2007
It's a sad but common story.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
September 28, 2007
A transcendent rather than merely tragic film...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 28, 2007
This mostly effective dramatization paints a suitably ugly picture of the dehumanizing depths people are willing to go for money.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
September 28, 2007
Equally involving yet hard to take.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 28, 2007
Without making a message movie, the filmmakers have shed light on a serious yet underappreciated sociopolitical issue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pete Hammond
September 27, 2007
A bone-chilling, disturbing thriller about a forbidden subject the government would probably like to sweep under the rug.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
September 27, 2007
A movie that's guaranteed to make you lose sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 27, 2007
A scary, poignant, and unforgettable film that elicits our outrage and compassion as it puts faces and feelings on the victims of the international trade in sex slaves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 26, 2007
As a movie, Trade is so-so, but as an exposť of how the new globalized industry of sex trafficking really works, it's a disquieting, eye-opening bulletin.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Anderson
September 20, 2007
Trade is as gripping as it is important.
| Original Score: 3/4
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