8 Mile Synopsis
A young man (Eminem) in Detroit tries to overcome obstacles and achieve success as a rapper.
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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...
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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...
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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;...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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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Chicago Tribune

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

By fisherayers30

Em's great

By redyeah
For his first film, Eminem did great, got the Oscar for Lose Yourself. Nice goin. Great movie. Nice plot. Can't complain....

8 Mile review

By KDBolejack
I liked the message if the movie but the language that was used wasn't in my favor. But over all did like the movie....

8 Mile Movie Review

By Spencer27057
100 out of 100 An instant-classic with grabbing rapper Eminem in the most successful, suspenseful, powerful and thrilling movies that just can't hate....


By morg14
The best movie I have ever seen...

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Rated R | For Sexuality, Drug Use, Some Violence and Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.
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