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Gridlock'd Reviews

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May 2, 2008
An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.
May 2, 2008
A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users.
May 2, 2008
While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 9, 2006
The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.
June 5, 2005
The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2005
An ambitious, too ambitious, effort by Curtis Hall that shows talent and a future behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 1, 2003
A very underrated film that is also very truthful
| Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2002
Written and directed by actor Vondie Curtis Hall, the film blends savvy and sour-mash humor with bone-deep sadness that recalls predecessors as varied as After Hours and Trainspotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 28, 2002
Exposes the obstacles that that two down-and-out men face in their efforts to turn their lives around.
June 18, 2002
The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2002
The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2001
Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
A smart, well-made buddy film about two junkies desperate to kick the habit.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Gridlock'd is refreshing because it's different. The subject matter isn't new, but the approach and tone are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A surprisingly light-hearted comedy about what happens when two self-imposed exiles from society decide to go straight and look to the system for a little help.
January 1, 2000
This is grim material, but surprisingly entertaining, and it is more cause to mourn the recent death of Shakur, who gives his best performance as Spoon, a musician who wants to get off drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
A hard-edged, darkly funny satire about two Detroit junkies who discover if they want to go straight, they'll have to climb a Mt. Everest of forms, paperwork, office referrals, waiting rooms, rules and regulations.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 1, 2000
A black, but certainly not a bleak, comedy, Gridlock'd is a wonderfully realized comment on the entanglements of beaurocracy at its most ridiculous.
January 1, 2000
Tupac Shakur turned in an excellent final performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Gridlock'd is a seemingly low budget film that covers the same ground as Trainspotting, but not as imaginatively.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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