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8 Mile Reviews

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January 2, 2016
A refreshing way to build a story that is ghoulishly overfamiliar in nearly all its particulars.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 7, 2014
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
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
In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2014
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2014
It ain't Eminem: The Movie but it does showcase Eminem: The Actor -- easily the best rapper-cum-thesp since Tupac Shakur.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 7, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 7, 2014
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
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
Because it rejects easy victories, this may be one of the few inspirational movies that could actually inspire someone, somewhere, sometime.
November 15, 2011
The movie has some of the braggadocio of its white-trash hero, building to its competitive climax as if it were a gladiatorial sporting event, and it carried me all the way.
November 15, 2011
While no masterpiece, it is infinitely superior to the sad movie debuts of Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
November 15, 2011
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.
August 26, 2010
Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 29, 2009
I was able to guess what would happen to most of the characters most of the time and come through perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 13, 2009
... Rocky with a rap beat ....
March 30, 2009
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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