100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Transcends its star's controversial career and, in the bargain, stands head, shoulders and heart above every other Hollywood movie that we've seen so far this year.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Movie stars radiate a power -- physical, erotic, spiritual -- that draws an audience into their orbit. Yet watching Curtis Hanson's gritty and electrifying 8 Mile, the first thing you notice about Eminem, the most scaldingly powerful artist in pop music today, is how vulnerable he looks.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Some movies, a very few, possess the purity of myth, and they don't have to be great to be greatly important. "The Wild One" is an example; "Saturday Night Fever" is another. Now add 8 Mile to that short list.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The rap sequences are shot and edited with the excitement of a crisply broadcast sporting event, which in a way they are.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A hip-hop cousin of Prince's ''Purple Rain,'' which had braver fashion sense and better original songs.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The real drama -- and poetry -- in 8 Mile are in those fiery face-offs, the hip-hop battles, as Jimmy rat-tat-tats his rap in deft flashes of spontaneous combustion.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Basinger gives one of her best performances as a woman too young, poor and overwhelmed to handle motherhood. And the uncommonly self-assured Murphy proves again that she is a cut above other actresses of her tender years.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Eminem survives the X-ray truth-telling of the movie camera, which is so good at spotting phonies. He is on the level.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Flaws and all, it really does show a star being born.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Jonathan Curiel
A "Rocky"-like tale of determination and long odds that will appeal even to those who are turned off by most rap music.
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77 out of 100
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