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In compelling terms, it puts bitter economic, social and racial truth before our eyes. Continue to blink or see. Your choice.
A cogent commentary on a major societal ill and a signal from Soderbergh that he's more than capable of handling the complexities of an ensemble drama.
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.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
A blistering, thought-provoking modern masterpiece.
Traffic sometimes has the impact of a tense war film or a grittily modernist, post- Godfather crime epic such as Heat or Goodfellas.
Globe and Mail:
Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.
Occasionally naive, but often harrowing, always engaging.
New York Magazine/Vulture:
Soderbergh's jazzed stylistics can be smartly entertaining. Without them, an uneven movie like Traffic might seem more of a melange than it already is.
The narrative pallet of Traffic is rich, tightly woven, and consistently involving, with characters that are as well developed as their necessarily limited screen time allows.
Traffic is a failure of a very high order -- a movie that takes a gutsy stand and displays real filmmaking savvy but simply isn't as exciting as it should be to watch.
San Francisco Chronicle:
With Traffic, his most ambitious and complex film to date, Soderbergh again proves himself one of our most inventive filmmakers.
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.
Represents docudrama-style storytelling at a very high level.
As Javier Rodriguez, a Mexican policeman caught between overwhelming corruption and his granite-encased integrity, Del Toro's the best reason of all to watch the movie.