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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"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."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users."
‑ , Film4
"An ambitious, too ambitious, effort by Curtis Hall that shows talent and a future behind the camera."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Exposes the obstacles that that two down-and-out men face in their efforts to turn their lives around."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A very underrated film that is also very truthful"
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Gridlock'd is a seemingly low budget film that covers the same ground as Trainspotting, but not as imaginatively."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"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."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"A smart, well-made buddy film about two junkies desperate to kick the habit."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"So just when Roth and Shakur's clowning closeness nearly transcends the subject, the film throws up a bunch of flashy edits and MTV-esque close-ups that trivialize it. Junkies just can't win."
‑ Barry Walters, San Francisco Examiner
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