100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A flat-out electrifying experience.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Borderline brilliant. Tackles the war on drugs from a kaleidoscope of perspectives.
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100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a thriller that really thrills, a drama that really engages, a portrait of a world and system out of joint that is painfully convincing and totally engrossing from the first simmering minute to the last explosive second.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Explosive entertainment, with the tension and volatility of its subject matter.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Soderbergh's story, from a screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, cuts between these characters so smoothly that even a fairly complex scenario remains clear and charged with tension.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The rare Hollywood epic that dares to entertain an audience by engaging the world.
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94

Mr. Showbiz

By Kevin Maynard
Traffic is a riveting, semi-documentary drama, and yet calling it that is a disservice to just how suspenseful and stylish an entertainment it is.
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88

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Atriumph on almost every level. It is breathtakingly stylish, wonderfully acted and its three interrelated tales of the "war" on drugs are brilliantly structured to form a cohesive, powerful whole.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
It's the best drug-busting movie since ''The French Connection.''
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The story itself is surprisingly seamless, yet it's the individual components that linger.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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