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It's the high-stakes, high-risk world of the drug trade as seen through a well-blended mix of interrelated stories: a Mexican policeman (Benicio Del Toro) finds himself and his partner caught in an often deadly web of corruption; a pair of DEA agents (Don Cheadle and Luis Guzman) work undercover in a sordid and dangerous part of San Diego; a wealthy drug baron living in upscale, suburban America is arrested and learns how quickly his unknowing and pampered wife (Catherine Zeta-Jones) takes over his business; and the U.S. President's new drug czar (Michael Douglas) must deal with his increasingly drug-addicted teenage daughter.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 156
- Fresh: 143
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 8.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A real cannonball, a hardass drama about the drug trade that Steven Soderbergh directs like a thriller -- it comes out blazing.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: The promise of Sex, Lies, and Videotape has been fulfilled.
Fresh: [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.
I thought every aspect of this film excellent: story, direction, acting, pace, realism. A no-nonsense portrayal of the human impact of illegal drugs. Highest recommendation.
Incredible movie, terrible transfer
One of my favorite movies but the transfer is terrible. You can see film artifacts and the sound is dull and un-even. It looks like they just dumped it straight from the film. Please do a remaster, this film deserves it.
this movie is a favorite. awesome cast, awesome storyline, awesome movie. highly recommend you buy it!