8 Mile (2002)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong language, sexuality, some violence and drug use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jesse Wigutow, Scott Silver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Box Office: $116.6M
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as Jimmy `Rabbit' Smith

as Stephanie

as Cheddar Bob

as Lil Tic

as Shorty Mike

as Bouncer

as Battle DJ

as Greg Buehl

as Club Patron

as Mrs. Helgeland

as Lyckety-Splyt

as Papa Doc's Girl

as First Parking Lot Ra...

as Second Parking Lot R...

as Third Parking Lot Ra...

as Willing Girl

as Alex's Friend

as Manny

as Female Lunch Truck R...

as Male Lunch Truck Rap...

as Plant Worker

as Lobby Security Guard

as WJLB Receptionist

as WJLB Disc Jockey

as Roy Darucher
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Critic Reviews for 8 Mile

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (50)

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
Associated Press
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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)

Bruce Bruce

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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