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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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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
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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.
Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader  full review
 
The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.
Andrew Sarris, New York Observer  full review
 
Director Steven Soderbergh is riding one of the hottest streaks in the movie world.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail  full review
 
It leaves one feeling restless and dissatisfied.
Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine  full review
 
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.
Susan Stark, Detroit News  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.
Steven Rosen, Denver Post  full review
 
Smart, risky entertainment.
Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
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.
Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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
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