8 Mile
8 Mile (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 8, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even though the story is overly familiar, there's enough here for an engaging ride.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

John Powers
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

The best review I can give a drama or an actor: When the film ends you still believe the character lives on.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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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Barbara Ellen
Times (UK)

While not exactly wow, Eminem is solid and credible in a role which could so easily have screeched like chalk across a wet blackboard.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A refreshing way to build a story that is ghoulishly overfamiliar in nearly all its particulars.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
When musicians turn their hand to acting, the results can often not be pretty. Even if the film in question isn't already a vanity project about the… More
Eugene Bernabe
Knitty-gritty portrayal of the rapper "Eminem's" life and hardships. The ensemble including, Murphy, Phifer and Basinger, made exceptional… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Eminem shows he has a natural talent for acting, delivering a strong performance in this solid underdog story that could have been the first of many for him,… More
Manu Gino
Lose Yourself In the Music Great Film! Enjoyed it alot! Go watch it if you haven't yet! Won an Oscar for best song too! A rap version of "Saturday… More
Bruce Bruce
After the classic "Slim Shady" and "Marshall Mathers" LPs, Eminem hit the Hollywood show biz button with "The Eminem Show" (album)… More
Eric Alvarez
My dad who hates rap even loved 8 Mile! Very well put together and the rap battles scenes are epic.