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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A textbook case of a film that's befuddled by its subject.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Take away the drugs, and this is the story of a boring life in wholesale.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Carries little in the way of passion or revelatory charge.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Consistently compelling without being truly memorable.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Uneven drug trade story has explicit drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that young George watches his parents fight about money. His relationship with his mother remains difficult throughout the movie; she turns him in to the police and disowns him. His first girlfriend dies of cancer. George is heartbroken at the loss of his own daughter after he's sent to prison. Drug abuse leads George to a near-fatal collapse. Like Traffic, the movie's premise is that the drug trade is impossible to stop because of America's demand for drugs. Regular use of strong profanity. The movie is set at a time when cocaine use was widespread and held in some circles to be socially acceptable. Brief casual nudity in a poolside scene. Sexual excess of the disco era is alluded to but not seen. In one scene, George is brutally beaten by gunmen working for his former partner.

  • Families can talk about the larger cultural issues associated with the importing of cocaine and marijuana.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Less than you might expect given the subject matter. In one scene, George is brutally beaten by gunmen working for his former partner. Drug abuse leads George to a near-fatal collapse.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief casual nudity in a poolside scene. Sexual excess of the disco era is alluded to but not seen.

  • language false3

    Language: Regular use of strong profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The movie is set at a time when cocaine use was widespread and held in some circles to be socially acceptable.

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