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Gridlock'd Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.

Film4
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.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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.
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 1, 2003
A very underrated film that is also very truthful
| Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 28, 2002
Exposes the obstacles that that two down-and-out men face in their efforts to turn their lives around.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times
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
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A smart, well-made buddy film about two junkies desperate to kick the habit.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Jennie Yabroff
Salon.com
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 1, 2000
Tupac Shakur turned in an excellent final performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
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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