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8 Mile Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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.
Adam Smith
Radio Times
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

Total Film
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
Khary Kimani Turner
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 7, 2014
Because it rejects easy victories, this may be one of the few inspirational movies that could actually inspire someone, somewhere, sometime.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 26, 2010
Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Eminem is quietly effective without ever displaying much emotion. It's a commendable film debut and he never falls into the vanity trap that many artists find when transferring their talents from the music stage to the screen.
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
At its best, 8 Mile illuminates the culture out of which rap springs, at once an art form, provocation and survival mechanism.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
When the climactic rap battle takes place, it's one of the most mesmerizing scenes from all of 2002.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A hesitant presence whose vulnerability pulls you in, Eminem emerges as a mainstream movie star and effectively lays to rest the spooks of Slim Shady: impressionable parents will love this eminently responsible film.
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