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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 144 Ratings

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  1. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Steven Soderbergh's expertly crafted thriller

    about drug traffickers and the organizations devoted to stopping their illegal activities.

    These people are the president of the United States, Drug Enforcement officers

    and Benicia Del Toro's character.
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  2. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    One of the best crime thrillers ever with a star studded cast that give brilliant, complex performances.
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  3. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    One of my favourite crime thrillers with brilliant direction and fascinating characters.
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  4. Sep 25, 2014
    10
    One of the best crime dramas of 2000.
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  5. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    Traffic is a classic crime drama about how drugs affect multiple characters. Traffic is the godfather of
    intense crime dramas. The movie has a terrific cast and is one of the best crime dramas.
  6. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    Traffic is an intense thriller with great drama and fleshed out characters. The movie is pure entertainment
    and the movie has a unique narrative that connects all the characters in the movie.
  7. May 23, 2013
    9
    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 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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  8. Apr 11, 2013
    9
    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. 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. Expand
  9. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    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 scenarios and keep every story engaging, as well as easy to follow. Not to be missed.
  10. Jul 9, 2012
    10
    Steven Soderbergh, the master of narrative, creates a drug, crime film the way one should be made. What
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.