Trade (2007)

Adriana is a 13-year-old girl from Mexico City, whose kidnapping by sex traffickers sets in motion a desperate mission to save her by her 17-year-old brother, Jorge. Trapped and terrified by an underground network of international thugs who… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With an exploitative style that seems more suited for TV shows like CSI, Trade's message about the reality of child exploitation is easily lost.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

As cinema, 'Trade' is flawed: the script is functional and the dry characters are hemmed in by the machinations of an unremarkable plot.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Grim, hard to take, and nightmare-producing, Trade is not for the faint of heart.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

A documentary about sex trafficking might have been more powerful. Dramatizing the subject in this fashion, with a race-against-time road trip, breathless online bidding and a couple of different happy endings, simply cheapens it.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I was moved.

Anna Smith
Metro (UK)

Heartfelt and fitfully suspenseful, it's grim, message-led stuff.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

The filmmaker tries to keep the energy up and the audience engaged by incorporating stylistic touches from the Michael Bay 101 crib sheet, whirling the camera around characters in crisis and lacing scenes with hack guitar rock.

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Trade has telegraphed the most sordid examples of the international child sex trade into a small, somewhat exploitative thriller.

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Ian Freer
Empire Magazine

If only the whole matched the power and potency of the details. Masquerades as a searing exposé, but turns out to be a lurid and overwrought account.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Mind numbingly soberering. as a father of two young daughters this is my worst nightmare. The fact that the movie is based on what happens every day is a… More
Thomas Johnston
Great movie showing the darkness people are capable of doing to others. Very well acted and a sweet story of a brother doing all he can to help his sister with… More
Jens S.
The less you know about this film, the more it hits you like a hammer. It follows a desperate Mexican boy who's adorable sister has been kidnapped into the… More
familiar stranger
More or less (okay, a bit less) at par with Taken. If you aren't taken by Taken as yet, you might want to trade for a copy of Trade. Not a must watch,… More
Bruce Bruce
Awesome movie about Child abduction and sexual slave trade that goes on throughout the world. This is about a 13 year old Mexican Girl who is abducted and what… More
Gordon Anderson
Grim if now somewhat over familiar people trafficking 'issue' drama. Predictable plot is jolted with one fine scene on a cliff top. Kevin Kline is… More

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