Traffic (2000)

A patchwork of stories that evokes the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade, as seen through a series of inter-related stories, some are highly personal, some are filled with intrigue and danger. A Mexican policeman finds himself… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 27, 2000
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2001
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Soderbergh successfully pulls off the highly ambitious Traffic, a movie with three different stories and a very large cast. The issues of ethics are gray rather than black-and-white, with no clear-cut good guys. Terrific acting all around.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I don't see this slightly better-than-average drug thriller, with slightly better-than-average direction by Steven Soderbergh, as anything more than a routine rubber-stamping of genre reflexes.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It is such a complex film yet artfully done in such a way that you cannot help but sit back and admire it.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Soderbergh's jazzed stylistics can be smartly entertaining. Without them, an uneven movie like Traffic might seem more of a mélange than it already is.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A little masterpiece, at best, but for any other filmmaker, this would be a career highlight, while it's also easy to see how most other filmmakers would turn it into a dull, obvious harangue.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's wise about different kinds of addiction and concepts of family, about the folly, futility and hypocrisy of anti-drug 'wars', and about the awful human cost of it all. And it grips like a vice from start to end.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.

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Eric Melin

In terms of modern films, it kicked off a whole list of issue-related multi-character dramas like Syriana, Crash, and Babel -- and it may be the best of all of them, even if some of its stories are stronger than others.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhăes
An always engaging and expertly-edited multi-character drama that offers a grim portrait of the war on drugs and understands that there are no easy solutions… More
Tim Salmons
Traffic is one of those films that transcends the process and the art of filmmaking and becomes something else entirely. It defines experimental filmmaking at… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Excellent acting and a well-crafted script make Traffic a worthwhile watch, even if in retrospect the film's early-2000s-feel and film editing makes it… More
Joe McCall
The best movie about "the war on drugs" ever made.
Dan Schultz
A dark, unsettling, informative story interweaving three different casts of characters on how the drug trade effects all hierarchies and cultures. Steven… More
Graham Jones
A perfect film with a perfect cast. Three intertwining stories are seperated by different visual styles employed by director/cinematographer Steven Soderbergh.