8MM (1999)

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,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 26, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its sadistic violence is unappealing and is lacking in suspense and mystery.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.

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Time Out

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.

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Poorly developed, 8mm is anything but a pretty picture.

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Derek Elley

A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Want to know what happens when an A-list director and A-list movie star attach themselves to a direct-to-cable screenplay? This.

Rob Gonsalves

Sets a new record for gross stupidity.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Director Joel Schumacher aims for a psychological depth that the script can't sustain.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

An exploitation movie about an exploitation movie.

Ron Wells
Film Threat

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Jack Hawkins
While I think the critics' reception was quite harsh, '8mm' does indeed miss the mark of being a good film. There are moments of tension, but… More
Chris Weber
This is a dark and eerie thriller that looks like it's trying to copy the formula that made Se7en work. It doesn't fully succeed, but it's a… More
Manu Gino
You are never prepared for the truth. Good movie. This film is very strong,gritty,edgy and dark. Nicolas Cage did a very good job acting on this one. The thing… More
Conner Rainwater
Just plain weird, but highly entertaining and it sort've reminds me of an Italian Giallo film in terms of content and style. The porn industry is rarely… More
Kevin M. Williams
Private investigator Nic Cage is hired by some old rich dame to check out a curious video found in the dead husband's safe. With some moments of interest… More
Dean King
a dark and slow paced thriller. Quite gritty and harsh at times....but just moves at such a slow pace without a great deal of action or tension. Could've… More