"Steven Soderbergh's great, despairing squall of a film [infuses] epic cinematic form with jittery new rhythms and a fresh, acid-washed palette....The performances, by an ensemble from which not a false note issues, have the clarity and force of pithy instrumental solos insistently piercing through a dense cacaphony..."
New York Times
"...[A] consistently credible drama..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Ranked #3 in Entertainment Weekly's "Owen Gleiberman's BEST MOVIES OF 2000"
"...Multi-layered plotting and plenty of pleasing technical flourishes....Douglas is superb..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
"...Its vigorous, unjaded rush of imagery and story makes for an exciting visual experience..."
Sight and Sound
"...Soderbergh deftly weaves together four stories depicting the causes and effects of the illegal drug trade..."
"...The whole thing feels remarkably fresh, vibrant and new....The movie is adult, intelligent, sweeping yet intimate, nail-bitingly suspenseful, buoyed by an impeccable, uniformly powerhouse cast, and it provides a real perspective on a real issue..."
"...A mosaic of heightened reality....A picture fascinating in its complexit....The technical contributions are adroit and stylish..."
"...Complex and ambitious....Yet another indication of how accomplished a filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has become..."
Los Angeles Times