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Gridlock'd Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
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.
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-
Dragan Antulov
November 7, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 1, 2003
A very underrated film that is also very truthful
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
| 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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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
Scott Renshaw
January 1, 2000
In Gridlock'd, an oddly effective combination of gritty drama and social satire, Shakur and his co-star Tim Roth take sketchy characters and make them exciting to watch through the pure energy of their talent and chemistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
The film is often quite funny, deftly walking the thin line between the harrowing and the hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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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