8 Mile
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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 rapper, who struggles to find his voice. The people of Detroit know '8 Mile' as the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"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."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"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."
‑ Khary Kimani Turner, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"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."
‑ Adam Smith, Radio Times
"While no masterpiece, it is infinitely superior to the sad movie debuts of Britney Spears and Mariah Carey."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"I was able to guess what would happen to most of the characters most of the time and come through perfectly."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"It ain't Eminem: The Movie but it does showcase Eminem: The Actor -- easily the best rapper-cum-thesp since Tupac Shakur."
‑ , Total Film
"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."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
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