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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 198 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 198
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  1. DerekL.
    Mar 25, 2001
    5
    This film made some good points. But did it have to be so heavy handed? And the ending - daddy's little girl is saved from the big black men? And the colouring; are we so stupid as to not to be able to tell the three threads of the movie apart? And Catherine Zeta-Jones ? the transformation (almost as difficult as little Welsh girl to Hollywood princess)? In the end, an enjoyable but This film made some good points. But did it have to be so heavy handed? And the ending - daddy's little girl is saved from the big black men? And the colouring; are we so stupid as to not to be able to tell the three threads of the movie apart? And Catherine Zeta-Jones ? the transformation (almost as difficult as little Welsh girl to Hollywood princess)? In the end, an enjoyable but emotionally dishonest move that reminded me of the propaganda films we got in school. Why can?t Hollywood make a Trainspotting? Oh, I forgot, their senses are deadened by the drugs. Expand
  2. JB
    Aug 11, 2006
    6
    [***SPOILERS***] This terribly pandering piece of cinematography is redeemable only for the scene in which the film's drug czar concludes that one can't wage a war on drugs without waging war on one's own family and friends. Everything else about this film was dull and unimaginative, clearly designed as filler for this ultimate message that is nearly lost is the sea of [***SPOILERS***] This terribly pandering piece of cinematography is redeemable only for the scene in which the film's drug czar concludes that one can't wage a war on drugs without waging war on one's own family and friends. Everything else about this film was dull and unimaginative, clearly designed as filler for this ultimate message that is nearly lost is the sea of meaningless drivel that surrounds it. Expand
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 90
    Traffic is not just an ultra-procedural--it's the Big Picture, the Whole Enchilada, complete with a complicated war between two Mexican drug cartels.
  2. 70
    Though meticulously researched, well acted and filled with striking moments, the movie ultimately feels oddly disconnected.
  3. He's (Soderbergh) among the few directors working today who makes me wonder what he'll do next - and draws me into the movie house, whatever it may be.