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8 Mile (2002)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 205
Fresh: 156 | Rotten: 49

Even though the story is overly familiar, there's enough here for an engaging ride.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 6

Even though the story is overly familiar, there's enough here for an engaging ride.



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No matter whom we are, no matter where we live, we're all bound by borders. Many of us are content to live within these borders--others are simply forced to exist within them. But some of us need to break out, burst through, even if what is on the other side is both frightening and unknown. From this comes the tale of one young man's dilemma as he navigates his way through his colliding worlds. Set against Detroit's hip-hop scene in 1995, the story centers on Jimmy Smith Jr., a young white



Scott Silver, Jesse Wigutow

Mar 18, 2003


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All Critics (205) | Top Critics (50) | Fresh (156) | Rotten (49) | DVD (30)

It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no sign of calculation, on the kindness, even tenderness, that Jimmy conceals from most of the people around him.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop -- a story of triumph -- but, like Eminem's enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Since his ascension to pop-culture royalty, Eminem has transformed the messy emotions of his life into musical black comedy. In 8 Mile, that life becomes an equally riveting drama.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Despite the predictable formula, screenwriter Scott Silver wisely avoids taking the easy route every time; there are several small twists you may not expect, and the ending isn't entirely a happy one.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The story of 8 Mile isn't far removed from Eminem's own self-mythologized life -- a Jerry Springer-style saga out of Detroit -- but the unslakable anger is gone.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Director Curtis Hanson puts a new spin on the familiar "triumph against the odds" theme with this slick showcase for the talents of superstar rapper Eminem.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It ain't Eminem: The Movie but it does showcase Eminem: The Actor -- easily the best rapper-cum-thesp since Tupac Shakur.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

8 Mile wins because it doesn't try to impress you with mega-stars and made-up stories. Instead, it tells a simple story of trial, error and triumph.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

While no masterpiece, it is infinitely superior to the sad movie debuts of Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Another fine effort from a director currently on a critical roll. Hanson is great at teasing the audience with little samples of his star's lyrical dexterity as he builds towards the finale.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (4)
Common Sense Media

I was able to guess what would happen to most of the characters most of the time and come through perfectly.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

As unlikely as an insightful and riveting film about a poor white Detroit kid succeeding beyond his surroundings through Rap music might be, "8 Mile" is that gloriously gritty movie.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

... Rocky with a rap beat ....

April 13, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review | Comments (3)
DVD Review

You can't stop him or crop him/He's in widescreen and large/He ain't playing when he's baggin' Curtis Hanson for Sarge... [Blu-ray]

March 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comments (2)
Groucho Reviews

Ends on a high note, but it doesn't negate the tedium of the number of false and mostly flat ones that precede it.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for 8 Mile

After the classic "Slim Shady" and "Marshall Mathers" LPs, Eminem hit the Hollywood show biz button with "The Eminem Show" (album) and "8 Mile" (film). The film is tailor made for the White Rapper. Eminem (as Jimmy "B Rabbit" Smith) blows a "Rap Battle", hangs with his Detroit 'hoodies, and nails slutty Brittany Murphy (as Alex). Eminem wants to be a Big Rap Star. He lives with trailer park trashy mother Kim Basinger (as Stephanie) and lil' blonde sista Chloe Greenfield (as Lily). Ms. Basinger gets to say the line, "Greg won't go down on me." Word way up...

Curiously, Eminem does not sport his familiar (at the time) short, bleached do; instead, he wears a knit hat over more natural brown locks. Eminem doesn't contribute any rent money, but he works hard. He is careful to avoid drugs, unlike boozy mother Basinger. Who knew Detroit's "8 Mile" was so drug free? The soundtrack highlights are "Lose Yourself" and a fun rap-up of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", which comes off better here than on "youtube". Still, Eminem's pre-Hollywood studio work is much more highly recommended than this semi-autobiographical movie sanitization.
2 Stars 1-18-03 (Updated)
February 16, 2014
Bruce Bruce

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I enjoyed this disappointment. Is that an oxymoron?

Review comin' soon.
August 15, 2013

Super Reviewer

Knitty-gritty portrayal of the rapper "Eminem's" life and hardships. The ensemble including, Murphy, Phifer and Basinger, made exceptional performances and led the way into this mean-mugging adaptation of hardship in unpaved streets of Detroit. 4.5/5
July 28, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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Lose Yourself In the Music

Great Film! Enjoyed it alot! Go watch it if you haven't yet! Won an Oscar for best song too!

A rap version of "Saturday Night Fever." B-Rabbit, a wannabe rapper from the wrong side of Detroit's 8 Mile, has problems: he dumps his girlfriend when she tells him she's pregnant; to save money to make a demo tape, he moves into his alcoholic mom's trailer; his job's a dead end, and he's just choked at the local head-to-head rap contest. Things improve when he meets Alex - an aspiring model headed for New York - and a fast-talking pal promises to set up the demo. Then new setbacks: Alex isn't faithful, mom rejects him, rifts surface with his friends, and he's mugged by rivals. Everything hinges on the next rap showdown at the club. Can B-Rabbit pull truth out of his cap?
December 24, 2011
Manu Gino

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    1. Greg Buehl: He got fired from the pizza place.
    2. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: But, at least, I have a fuckin' job.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: Mom, you gotta stop livin' your life like this?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (9 months ago)
    1. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: Do you ever wonder at what point you just say fuck it man? Like you gotta stop livin' up here and start livin' down here?
    2. Sol George: [looking at his watch] It's seven thirty in in the mornin', dawg.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (22 months ago)
    1. Alex: Are you askin' me out for a date, Jimmy Smith Jr.
    2. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: Well, a matter of fact, as I am?
    3. Alex: Why don't you take me somewhere now?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (22 months ago)
    1. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: [freestyling] And Wink did fuck my girl, I'm still standing here screaming, 'Fuck the Free World!' Don't ever try to judge me dude, you don't know what the fuck I've been through! But I know something about you! You went to Cranbrook, that's a private school! What's a matter, dog, you embarrassed? This guy's a gangsta; his real name is Clarence. And Clarence lives at home with both parents. And Clarence's parents have a real good marriage. He don't wanna battle me, he's shook! Cause there's no such thing as "halfway crooks" He's scared to death, he's scared to look in his fucking yearbook; fuck Cranbrook! [music stops] Fuck the beat, I'll go a capella! Fuck a Papa Doc, fuck a clock, fuck a trailer, fuck everybody! Fuck y'all if you doubt me! I'm a piece of fucking white trash, I say it proudly! And fuck this battle, I don't wanna win, i'm outtie. Here, tell these people something they don't know about me. [tosses mic to Papa Doc]
    – Submitted by Eugene B (2 years ago)
    1. Jimmy Smith Jr. AKA Rabbit: [freestyling] Now everybody from the 313, put your motherfucking hands up and follow me! Everybody from the 313, put your motherfucking hands up! Look, look! Now while he stands tough, notice that this man did not have his hands up! This 'Free World's' got you gasped up! Now, who's afraid of the big, bad wolf?! One, two, three and to the four! One-pac, two-pac, three-pac, four! Four-pac, three-pac, two-pac, one! You're pac, he's pac, no pacs, none! This guy ain't no motherfucking MC! I know everything he's gotta say against me! I am white! I am a fucking bum! I do live in a trailer with my mom! My boy, Future, is an 'Uncle Tom'! I do have a dumb friend named Cheddar Bob Who shot himself in the leg with his own gun! I did get jumped by all six of you chumps!
    – Submitted by Eugene B (2 years ago)
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