• Network: SHOWTIME
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 2, 2018
Season #: 2, 1
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13

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  1. Mar 15, 2018
    9
    Matthew Heineman once again delivered a compelling piece of documentary examining the lives of both Mexicans and Americans. All the while trying to survive in the endless cycle of violence and supply and demand, drug addicts, poppy farmers, narcotics officers and local cartels all play different significant roles in achieving what they think are beneficial to themselves, but none of themMatthew Heineman once again delivered a compelling piece of documentary examining the lives of both Mexicans and Americans. All the while trying to survive in the endless cycle of violence and supply and demand, drug addicts, poppy farmers, narcotics officers and local cartels all play different significant roles in achieving what they think are beneficial to themselves, but none of them can escape the cruel and simple reality of "Nothing is getting better". Expand
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Feb 3, 2018
    80
    An unnervingly close-up study of the conflict. Given an astonishing level of access to both Mexican drug lords and American junkies, he's intercut their stories with a narrative about an Ohio police narcotics squad, which though far more ordinary, is still revealing.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Feb 2, 2018
    90
    There may not be a more effective way to understand the sinister pervasiveness of this crisis and the destruction it is wreaking in the United States and Mexico than to spend time with the different kinds of people it's holding in its net, in addition to the people trying to destroy it and a few of the millions caught up within it. None of this makes The Trade easy to watch, but it is transfixing.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Feb 2, 2018
    91
    The Trade, a five-part series from Showtime and “Cartel Land” filmmaker Matthew Heineman doesn’t purport to be a corrective or some magic key to unlocking the problem. But as a means for empathy and a way to understanding the human cost at each step of an international heroin trade, it does far more than hollow words and shallow promises.