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Traffic

Interlacing three disturbing snapshots of America's drug war, this Oscar-winning saga follows a U.S. drug czar who learns his daughter's an addict, a Mexican cop caught in a corrupt system and a housewife forced to take over the family drug business.
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
NYT Critics' Pick
Soderbergh's scathing overview of international drug trade and largely futile war against it. Great, gripping squall of a film. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 92%
Critics' score: 92   Audience score: 81   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Traffic looks like the Oscar best-picture front-runner, and so does Soderbergh, for best director. But long after everyone has forgotten who won the statues, it will be remembered as one of film's most stylish and electrifying wake-up calls.

Jay Carr, Boston Globe

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. full review

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled. full review

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

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. full review

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied. full review

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine

A real cannonball, a hardass drama about the drug trade that Steven Soderbergh directs like a thriller -- it comes out blazing.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

[Soderbergh] is inventing a new visual vocabulary to make us feel we aren't watching a star, we aren't watching a movie; we are watching something real. Very real.

Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

In compelling terms, it puts bitter economic, social and racial truth before our eyes. Continue to blink or see. Your choice. full review

Susan Stark, Detroit News

A blistering, thought-provoking modern masterpiece. full review

Don't avoid Traffic. It takes you to the most amazing places.

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

Traffic sometimes has the impact of a tense war film or a grittily modernist, post- Godfather crime epic such as Heat or Goodfellas. full review

Steven Rosen, Denver Post

Smart, risky entertainment. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

The movie's scope is breathtaking, delivering the most expansive portrait of the illegal narcotics trade ever put on film.

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Walk straight and steady into Steven Soderbergh's dizzying drug drama Traffic and minutes later you'll feel as woozy as if you had fallen into one of Wonderland's smokiest sinkholes.

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

A huge canvas of a movie that nonetheless brings the various facets of drug trafficking -- and drug-taking -- down to human scale.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

With Traffic, his most ambitious and complex film to date, Soderbergh again proves himself one of our most inventive filmmakers. full review

Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

Traffic is the kind of movie that will probably age rather quickly, but right now, in the first month of the new year and the second year of the new millennium, it resonates in the present tense. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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