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Jennifer 8 Reviews

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November 28, 2017
3.0/5.0 stars - Grade: C+
September 18, 2017
Interesting Dark Thriller with Andy and Uma @ their best. Add Lance Henriksen and John Malkovich...why not be scared of the dark?
½ August 1, 2017
Below average mystery. Slow and uninvolving. Thurman nude scene is body double.
½ July 11, 2017
Very under rated Neo Noir thriller . Excellent twist in the plot great ending. Love story . Murder mystery . Thriller , Drama . All rolled into one film. The reviews are way off base . Great film .4.5
½ November 16, 2016
This really is quite a torturous watch in terms of slow building, but once you start, you just feel like you need to find out.
½ June 8, 2016
Thrilling. Smart. Stylish yet completely gritty. Uma is just so damn innocent.
April 30, 2016
Chock full of great character actors this movie is pretty solid. Andy Garcia and Malkovich especially. Minus points though for finding out that was a body double in the bathtub scene. Shame on you Uma.
March 26, 2016
After the final credits you feel just like you did when you discovered Uma Thurman used a body double for her nude scene............................. CHEATED. A cracking cast in Garcia, Thurman, Baker,and Lance Henrickson are let down by a shit script and it moves at snails pace.
July 27, 2015
One of the most underrated movies ever. Seriously one of the best serial killer movies and Lance Henriksen shines in this.
April 7, 2015
Just another paint by numbers thriller with no thrills.
½ January 20, 2015
"Jennifer 8" é um thriller que apresenta demasiados defeitos para ser aprovado e qualidades suficientes para não ser simplesmente descartado ou destruído. Ou seja, não há brilho que se mostre sem ser parcialmente ofuscado no filme de 1992: seja a intriga de significante potencial, que nem sempre resiste à grunhice de padeiro de Andy Garcia, ou os quinze minutos de pesadelo atmosférico que chegam numa altura em que já nos estamos um bocado a borrifar. "Jennifer 8" falha e tropeça, mas, com algum esforço, lá vai conseguindo justificar a sua razão de ser (nem que seja através do sempre impecável trabalho fotográfico de Conrad Hall). Valerá a pena vê-lo na TV, numa qualquer tarde de domingo, quando os níveis de exigência estiverem perto do mínimo.
August 2, 2014
With a bit of suspense and action, it's not enough to invigorate its plot
August 1, 2014
Bought this early 90's gem at video store sale. Glad i bought. Suspenseful stroy dealing with more story, good acting and eerie atmosphere than the usual sex and violence you find in movies of this genre. Andy garcia, lance henricksen and a lovely uma thurman help make this a haunting film. worth a look
½ January 1, 2014
Uma Thurman + bathtub= perfect cinematography!
½ August 16, 2013
Jennifer 8 (Bruce Robinson, 1992)

I first saw Jennifer 8 twenty years ago, right after it had come out on video. I hadn't watched it since, and pretty much all I remembered about it was "Uma Thurman nude! Yaaaaaaaaaay!" and then hitting the end credits and "body double! Boooooooooooo!" So I figured I'd give it another look and see if it held up after all these years. Surprisingly, it does, though it is certainly not without its flaws; while I was watching, I was also reminded that this was one of the first times when Andy Garcia, who was just beginning a decade of can't-go-wrong flicks that lasted till (or through, depending on your POV) 2001's The Unsaid, made an impression on me. It is not a movie without flaws, but it's still some decent watchin' that presages Blink, released two years later (with many of those same flaws).

Garcia (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) plays John Berlin, an LA detective who, desperate to get out of the city, transfers to the sleepy town of Eureka, where he gets partnered with Freddy Ross (the ubiquitous Lance Henriksen) and immediately finds himself involved in a murder investigation that bears possible ties to a serial killer Berlin was investigating in LA. Problem is, he could never convince anyone there was an actual serial killer wandering around. Berlin meets Helena (Kill Bill's Uma Thurman) and becomes convinced she's the guy's next victim, while his new squadmates think he's downright nuts...until a few of them start thinking that maybe there is a serial killer wandering around, and his name is John Berlin.

The drawbacks are simple and easily pointed out: the pacing is abysmal in places (this is an hour and a half long movie that takes place in two hours and four minutes), and the setup for the last twenty minutes or so has a few bits where the viewer has to, shall we say, stretch the bonds of credibility farther than they're usually willing to go without snapping. (Without being spoily, I'll just say "cheese and crackers, but the scene on the fire escape...".) Balancing these drawbacks are a plethora of solid-to-incredible performances not only from the principal cast, but from some minor characters whose parts are elevated by jaw-dropping casting decisions (John Malkovich is basically a cameo; I'm amazed he took such a small part, but he does a wonderful job with it. Ditto Kathy Baker). Bob Gunton, Graham Beckel, Perry Lang, Kevin Conway, and a host of other "you know these folks, but you don't know you know them" character actors give top-notch performances in roles that, had they had the meat they deserved, might have made the movie's bloated running time well worth it and then some. It's good, but it could have been great. ** 1/2
August 4, 2013
Watching this excellent film 90
June 18, 2013
Oldie But A Goodie....
April 3, 2013
I liked this movie,but it was too long and it would have been better if the script had been tightened up and the movie length shorten with the less action-packed scenes cut.
March 28, 2013
The story is a LA detective named John Berlin played by Andy Garcia who along with his buddy Freddy Ross played by Lance Henriksen have investigated a string of seven murders. They find out that this particular serial killer has a thing for blind women. They named the case "Jennifer 8" because John believes that's the name of the eighth victim in the row and they meet a blind student named Helena Robertson played by Uma Thurman who is the victim's roommate. As the case unfolds, John who was obsessed with the case at the start steps up his investigation which increases his obsession and makes him fall for Helena causing Freddy to worry about John having a breakdown. A tragedy ensues leaving John to not only go it alone but also to clear his name. The movie itself is very mysterious and suspenseful and like many critics out there, we don't want to spoil the most of the film. Jennifer 8 gets a 8/10.
March 18, 2013
A hardened L.A. detective finds himself involved in the search for a serial killer who stalks blind women in this would-be thriller. The actors are fine but the plot doesn't hold water under close scrutiny.
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