USA Films | Release Date: December 27, 2000
8.9
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BethC.Feb 9, 2001
Viscerally unyielding. It flat out hammered me. It kept me interested and off kilter the whole time, and Benicio Del Toro is FABULOUS in it.
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JohnB.Jun 27, 2008
Very intelligent movie, great actors, interesting story!
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KevinL.Sep 28, 2007
"Brilliant" As much as there are many of its kind out there, the writers continue to make this film as entertaining and masterful. This film just creates so much tension and absorbs the viewers in.
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jonOct 12, 2005
Extremely powerful, traffic was definitely robbed at the Oscars for Best Picture.
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Connor_MonteithAug 2, 2012
A true thriller at it's best. This is a film charged with tension, drama, and suspense. Not to mention the truly inspiring and detailed story it delivers. Overall a great screenplay that manages to swiftly switch between different scenariosA true thriller at it's best. This is a film charged with tension, drama, and suspense. Not to mention the truly inspiring and detailed story it delivers. Overall a great screenplay that manages to swiftly switch between different scenarios and keep every story engaging, as well as easy to follow. Not to be missed. Expand
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JabbaOnCrackApr 11, 2013
Brilliant, simply brilliant. Well composed script, compelling, engaging but also emotional and at times disturbing. This film succeeds in conforming well to the "hyperlink" genre and exploring both process and effect of drug trafficking. ItBrilliant, simply brilliant. Well composed script, compelling, engaging but also emotional and at times disturbing. This film succeeds in conforming well to the "hyperlink" genre and exploring both process and effect of drug trafficking. It also succeeds in establishing some homogeny between Mexican and
American societies whilst attacking the divide that exists between the respective societies. The acting is superb, Benicio del Toro avoids melodrama, remaining collected but also seemingly effortlessly drawing viewers into some emotional attachment with his character. Brilliant performances also by Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle and Catharine Zeta Jones.
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BryceHooglandJul 9, 2012
Steven Soderbergh, the master of narrative, creates a drug, crime film the way one should be made. What
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SpangleAug 23, 2014
A very ambitious and expertly made film, Traffic is a very interesting, at times disturbing, film. First off, the ensemble cast featuring Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, and ErikaA very ambitious and expertly made film, Traffic is a very interesting, at times disturbing, film. First off, the ensemble cast featuring Benicio del Toro, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, and Erika Christensen, is fantastic. The direction from Steven Soderbergh is also very good and I also really liked his cinematography here. The different tints to each story really gave each their own unique feel, even if they all concerned the same topic; drug trafficking. Ultimately, Traffic is a brilliant look at the many different aspects and roles played in the world of drugs and how easily lines between good and bad can be blurred. On top of that, it reenforces that nobody involved can get away without being altered forever. Every story it goes through is interesting in their own way. Many call this a thriller, and while elements of this are indeed thrilling, it struck me more as a drama and I thought the dramatic elements outweighed the thrilling ones, but that is me. Regardless, Traffic is an incredibly ambitious film from director Steven Soderbergh that is ultimately a resounding success that leaves you wanting more, even though its run time is two and a half hours. Expand
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Compi24Nov 28, 2012
Easily one of the greatest ensemble pieces in cinematic history, "Traffic" represents everything that many other films have tried and failed to do - It crafts an utterly breathtaking film featuring a wide array of characters that the audienceEasily one of the greatest ensemble pieces in cinematic history, "Traffic" represents everything that many other films have tried and failed to do - It crafts an utterly breathtaking film featuring a wide array of characters that the audience never forgets nor stops caring about. Expand
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GoldSoundzMay 23, 2013
Traffic is a brilliant collection of stories involving strong characters and gripping story-lines, sometimes brutal and tragic; a drugs film told with intoxicating panache, all without becoming too-heavy, which is refreshing in a pool full ofTraffic is a brilliant collection of stories involving strong characters and gripping story-lines, sometimes brutal and tragic; a drugs film told with intoxicating panache, all without becoming too-heavy, which is refreshing in a pool full of films such as Less Than Zero, Requiem for a Dream and Blow. There are stints of hope in Traffic, yet it wisely restricts this hope in its acknowledgement that no matter what anybody does, drugs are an unshakable part of modern life; you can cut it down, but there’s no stopping it.

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ryanneevmanAug 25, 2014
This is a film where you do not have to be into drugs. Sodenbergh seems to have put a magic spell on this material, because the movie is done very well.
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choomtabi31Apr 24, 2016
A complex film yet artfully done, it's intelligent, gripping and highly thought-provoking. Terrific acting all around.

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BroyaxJan 17, 2017
Traffic multiplie les points de vue de tous ceux impliqués dans cette guerre de la came et c'est là son indiscutable point fort avec en point d'orgue ce "Monsieur Drogue" joué par Michael Douglas qui doit proposer au Président de nouvellesTraffic multiplie les points de vue de tous ceux impliqués dans cette guerre de la came et c'est là son indiscutable point fort avec en point d'orgue ce "Monsieur Drogue" joué par Michael Douglas qui doit proposer au Président de nouvelles propositions et dispositions dans cette guerre sans fin, une sorte de rapporteur en somme... qui se retrouve bien plus impliqué qu'il ne le voudrait.

Ainsi, le point de vue mexicain avec ses flics et la corruption rampante, le point de vue des flics de la DEA, le point de vue des jeunes étudiants américains qui se défoncent avec ces merdes, tout cela forme une vue d'ensemble que Steven Soderbergh nous expose avec une certaine retenue ou à tout le moins sans parti pris flagrant ni emphase exagérée. Et dans le même temps, il nous montre toutes ces tranches de vie des acteurs concernés de près ou de plus loin par le "traffic" (deux f en anglais) pour éprouver notre empathie.

Bref ce "Trafic" (un f en français) est habilement ficelé et toujours intéressant bien qu'un peu long ! La musique -discrète- est agréable, les acteurs et les actrices sont très bien... sauf la Zeta-Jones (qui a pris 20 kg au passage) et qui tente de tirer le film vers le bas. Heureusement, elle n'y parvient pas mais elle gêne énormément. On regrette aussi la présence -très furtive Dieu merci- de Salma Hayek, une insupportable pétasse. Par ailleurs, ces filtres bleus et jaunes pour chaque camp (EUA et Mexique) sont une connerie que le réalisateur aurait pu éviter. Quoi qu'il en soit, l'un de ses meilleurs films en tout cas.
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