8MM Reviews

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March 21, 2019
By the end, the overwrought dialogue provokes unintended laughs, and even Cage -- aided by memorable work from Phoenix, Peter Stormare and James Gandolfini -- can't save it.
March 21, 2019
Mr. Cage has become such a wet-eyed purveyor of moral anguish that he makes Mr. Pitt look calm, cool and collected.
January 21, 2019
8MM is technically proficient and strongly acted, but when it comes to staking out any moral or intellectual claims, it clearly isn't up to snuff.
January 8, 2019
It deals with subject matter that holds your attention, even if it never frays your nerves as much as it could have.
September 17, 2008
Poorly developed, 8mm is anything but a pretty picture.
July 22, 2008
A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.
July 23, 2007
Sets a new record for gross stupidity.
November 24, 2006
Director Joel Schumacher aims for a psychological depth that the script can't sustain.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
There's no faulting Cage's committed, intense performance, but his slide from professional, internalised concern into personal, self-righteous rage still leaves a nasty aftertaste.
December 6, 2005
Walker at least has a solid premise here. Too bad the script didn't find its way to another David Fincher who could understand it.
July 21, 2005
Want to know what happens when an A-list director and A-list movie star attach themselves to a direct-to-cable screenplay? This.
April 9, 2005
It's pretty sad that a big star/big budget film about a gritty piece of life that should powerfully effect the viewer at the gut level fails so miserably.
March 14, 2005
August 7, 2004
An exploitation movie about an exploitation movie.
June 14, 2004
May 20, 2003
The repartee between Cage and Phoenix is the high point in the film, which otherwise made me want to go take a long hot shower.
October 15, 2002
I could not get past the pathology lurking just below the skin of this story -- its false morality, its prurient absorption in sexual violence, its sadistic glee over the hero's degradation.
September 10, 2002
It has some worthy moments, but it could have been so much more.
September 9, 2002
I'd like to think the project would have fared better in more eclectic hands, say Gus Van Sant, or perhaps Roman Polanski, but what's done is done and what's done is maybe not what it could have been.
August 21, 2002
Cage's flat, deadpan acting style makes it hard to pick up on his character's moral demise, much less care about it.
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