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Tom Welles is a surveillance specialist-what used to be known as a "private eye"-but his version of the profession is hardly the stuff of which legends are made. He has a modest, home-based practice in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he lives an existence remarkable only for its normalcy with wife Amy and baby daughter, Cindy. Respected but still waiting for a big break that will improve his professional status, Welles spends most of his time on routine cases involving unfaithful spouses and the like. Nothing too dangerous, nor too threatening... until a small, innocuous-looking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ , Time Out
"Strangely compelling, the film works best as an old-fashioned private eye movie, with Welles carrying out mundane investigative work as he becomes increasingly obsessed with finding answers and uncovering the truth."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"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."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
"A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Want to know what happens when an A-list director and A-list movie star attach themselves to a direct-to-cable screenplay? This."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Poorly developed, 8mm is anything but a pretty picture."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"It is good work by Schumacher, but hard to watch nonetheless."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Director Joel Schumacher aims for a psychological depth that the script can't sustain."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An exploitation movie about an exploitation movie."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Sets a new record for gross stupidity."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
‑ Dragan Antulov, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"8mm is neither the sick exploitation film nor the risible misfire the critics had prepared us for -- it is a movie of serious intent."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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