Gritty and electrifying.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
The problem is Eminem himself, who has clearly been drilled by the director to play to what will have to pass as strengths: stillness, cool, control.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Dean Essner - Guardian [UK]
Eminem steals the picture from a cast with snap down to the smallest parts.
Mike Clark - USA Today
[Eminem] does a lot of things right. So does the movie.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The payoff comes after an hour and a half of a long, criminally tiresome setup.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
8 Mile continues the director's visual tour of America's underbelly that heated up with L.A. Confidential and continued with the Pittsburgh of Wonder Boys.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A canny, and largely successful, attempt to broaden the star's appeal.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
8 Mile is entertaining to an extent. Our enjoyment is muted because the movie has an agenda.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
The climactic 20 minutes or so represent the most electrifying depiction of rap that the multiplex is likely to see, a torrent of word-slinging packed with atmosphere and ribald drama.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Making the city look grimy and lonely, dark and wasted but still alive with people who care, the film gets you rooting for the guys who want to make 'Mo' (short for Motown) a major player.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
Who could have predicted that a rap movie starring Eminem would, at its best, be one of the year's sweetest joyrides?
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
We are hardly started in 8 Mile, and already we see that this movie stands aside from routine debut films by pop stars ... Like Prince's Purple Rain, it is the real thing.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Set in Detroit's 8 Mile, the dividing line between the city limits and the northern suburbs, 8 Mile is an exciting, well-crafted movie, loaded with urban atmosphere.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The movie has some of the braggadocio of its white-trash hero, building to its competitive climax as if it were a gladiatorial sporting event, and it carried me all the way.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
8 Mile should satisfy Eminem's legion of fans and, at the same time, affirms rap's power as an artform, as real beat poetry, for the uninitiated -- and even for the actively resistant.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Like the recently released 'Welcome to Collinwood' from Cleveland's Russo brothers, Curtis Hanson's '8 Mile' brings affection and honesty in equal measure to its tale of impoverished middle-Americans determined to get a better life -- on their own terms.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
the Profane One's performance in 8 Mile is more Britney than Brando. As with Ms. Belly Button in the vapid Crossroads, Eminem plays himself, albeit a cleaned-up, deep-thinking, saintlike version.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
I have to go back to James Dean in Elia Kazan's East of Eden and Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause in 1955 to find a comparably jolting piece of male aggressiveness coupled with bottled-up vulnerability.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
O.K., so I'm the wrong audience for this teenage junk.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Eminem is magnetic playing a version of himself.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
What makes 8 Mile transcend the formulaic nature of its plot is the way it makes these rap competitions compelling even for those unfamiliar with rap music, and its scrupulous, loving rendition of a grim, wintry Detroit circa 1995.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
8 Mile is worth a look if only to watch Eminem on the big screen. Even when a film's a bit lame, it's always fun to be there when a star is being born.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Can Eminem act? Who knows? But his star turn in 8 Mile, as an aspiring rapper growing up poor and white in Motown, is memorable -- even if we've seen it all before.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
There are a lot of stale -- and nefarious -- cliches in 8 Mile (Universal), but most of the time they're overwhelmed by the pulsing, grinding, hopped-up camerawork and the soulful star turn of Eminem.
David Edelstein - Slate
In many ways, the movie is just one big cliche, but Hanson's style gives it more weight and heft than it might otherwise have.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Writer Scott Silver and director Curtis Hanson dig deep into the subculture to deliver a terrific movie.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Qualifies as a cinematic event by tapping into the roots of Eminem and the fury and feeling that inform his rap.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
A fascinating, surprisingly entertaining stand-off that has adroitly managed to satisfy both of its constituencies, allowing all sides to legitimately claim victory.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
While no masterpiece, it is infinitely superior to the sad movie debuts of Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Another fine effort from a director currently on a critical roll. Hanson is great at teasing the audience with little samples of his star's lyrical dexterity as he builds towards the finale.
Dean Essner - Film4
Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
I was able to guess what would happen to most of the characters most of the time and come through perfectly.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
As unlikely as an insightful and riveting film about a poor white Detroit kid succeeding beyond his surroundings through Rap music might be, "8 Mile" is that gloriously gritty movie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
... Rocky with a rap beat ....
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
You can't stop him or crop him/He's in widescreen and large/He ain't playing when he's baggin' Curtis Hanson for Sarge... [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Ends on a high note, but it doesn't negate the tedium of the number of false and mostly flat ones that precede it.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Eminem is quietly effective without ever displaying much emotion. It's a commendable film debut and he never falls into the vanity trap that many artists find when transferring their talents from the music stage to the screen.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
At its best, 8 Mile illuminates the culture out of which rap springs, at once an art form, provocation and survival mechanism.
David Ansen - Newsweek
The film is really no more than a two-hour prelude to a climax in which our hero ... rhythmically tells people off.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It is more just a pleasure to watch Eminem perform. He is fiercely talented and has a natural charisma; the camera loves him. But, like most of the story, we knew that before we saw the film.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
When the climactic rap battle takes place, it's one of the most mesmerizing scenes from all of 2002.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A hesitant presence whose vulnerability pulls you in, Eminem emerges as a mainstream movie star and effectively lays to rest the spooks of Slim Shady: impressionable parents will love this eminently responsible film.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
The movie doesn't feel authentic and I think it's because of all the white folks involved.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Dean Essner - Apollo Guide
Eminem does a credible roughed-up urban ghetto impression of James Dean
Dan Jardine - Cinemania
Dean Essner - FilmStew.com
Hanson's enthusiastic participation in the project is bewildering given how pedestrian the story is: poor, white kid keeps getting beaten down before a final showdown...
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The whole film . . . coasts from colourless family melodramas to wacky-kid-hijinks. . . . 8 Mile is an uninteresting shell of a movie.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Regardless of the hype, 8 Mile is a classic underdog tale with real bark.
Jay Richardson - Future Movies UK
This Eminem melts in your hand and not in your mouth.
Shawn Bowers - Kansas City Star
Com sua estupenda atuacao neste filme, Eminem poderia facilmente buscar uma carreira no cinema.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Take away the napalm spread of profanity, impromptu scenes of steamy sex and the myriad joints that get smoked, and 8 Mile is basically a Disney sports movie with rap as the athletics of choice.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Following L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, this makes a remarkable hat-trick for Hanson and is a personal triumph for Eminem.
Colin Kennedy - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
8 Mile is an entertaining film that will please all.
Wilson Morales - BlackFilm.com
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
I've been curious about "the Eminem movie" for months. And while I have gotten the chance to see 8 Mile, little of my pondering has been quenched; Eminem remains an enigma.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Una buena pelcula, un ms que digno debut actoral para una estrella de rap, y una estupenda banda sonora. Nada mal, eh?
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Better than average rags-to-riches story, but expect to get pinched for a special edition DVD later.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
If not strictly autobiography, the movie is close enough to Eminem's story that he knows how this character feels. If this turns out to be the only role he ever plays -- which I doubt -- he can be happy that he played it to the limit.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Dean Essner - Premiere Magazine
Despite the weak story, Hanson commands a strong performance from Eminem and showcases both the rapper's newfound acting abilities and his musical talent.
Guylaine Cadorette - Hollywood.com
Director Hanson skillfully creates the oppressive nature of urban poverty with the dirt, grit, and darkness that remains prevalent throughout...
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Una produccion es interesante en mas de un sentido. Buen debut de Eminem.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
8 Mile may have corniness in its bones, but there are ambiguities enough here for a whole other movie.
Ryan Gilbey - Sight and Sound
There are brawls enough to provide the flavor of how life in the darker reaches of Motown can be.
Nigam Nuggehalli - culturevulture.net
Eminem summons things from deep inside himself to shed away ego and portray a calm, frustrated, worried kid who doesn't even talk too much.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
For a pop star vehicle, it certainly ranks among the better ones and Eminem does have a strong screen presence. Unlike Purple Rain, this movie will probably hold up 18 years from now.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - FilmFour.com
Neil Norman - This is London
It's a movie that showcases director Curtis Hanson working at the very height of his craft, but only to break even.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
What screamed a ridiculous idea or vanity project when you first read or head about it is the exact opposite - a well thought out and realised film which never thinks too much of itself.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Eminem's skill still lies in turning an inventive phrase: filled with characters who lack depth, his film debut falls victim to its own modesty and is often insubstantial and boring.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Eminem is such a commanding visual presence, diversely eloquent of patience, ire, and weariness, that his silent poses and solitary interludes become many of the film's most effective scenes.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Everything that happens feels inevitable, achingly obvious -- the abuse, the betrayals, the arguments, the reconciliations, the tiny defeats, the bigger victories.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
The script is uninspired, the picture's characters are stick figures, its dialogue is lackluster and the star's performance seldom rises above the adequate.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
There's no power fantasies here, no ego trips or fairy tale stories about a loser made good. In this case, the persona serves the story, not the other way around.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The story is all right: The picture's real excellence is its portrait of the society in which it takes place.
Stanley Kauffmann - New Republic
Stanley Kauffmann - The New Republic
It has been over 25 years since Aretha demanded R-E-S-P-E-C-T from her man and Marvin declared 'war is not the answer.' Are we to consider our journey down the '8 Mile' road progress?
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
A solidly built, rather old-fashioned yarn about a plucky underdog who triumphs in the face of adversity.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Eminem manages to take all that we think we know about Eminem and inject it into his character without turning the character into a simple screen version of himself.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Extremely enjoyable film, with a winning performance from Eminem -- essentially this is the Hip-Hop version of Rocky. In a good way.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
That the final rap battle feels so electrifying rather than merely coming across as the usual rah-rah climax taps directly into the energy emanating from Eminem as he gives his character a real presence.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Not since Rocky brought Silvester Stallone to virtually instant stardom has there been a more effective attempt to repeat the phenomenon.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Eminem gives a focused, intelligent performance.
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
The unique format of the motion picture shows how valuable it can be, for what else can be used to so vividly capture the most important element in a story like this -- its cultural setting?
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Eminem proves himself on the big screen with this extremely well-made film loosely based on his own life in innercity Detroit.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
It's disappointing, sort of like if Madonna had released her "Sex" book without the sex.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Dean Essner - Orlando Weekly
Em's lowdown, dirty diatribe may sound like treason, but you might discover that his rhyme is the reason.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Even [Eminem's] most devoted admirers likely will be surprised by his ability to keenly render and compellingly sustain a character throughout a feature-length film.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
If this movie had been directed by someone other than Curtis Hanson; I'm talking some nobody shmoe or some flashy music video director, critics would have dismissed this as just another singer-turned-actor star vehicle with no more depth than a shot glass
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
First Adam Sandler's in an art film. Now Eminem's in a "sports" movie...go figure.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A decent, American, inspirational, Rocky-esque story.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
8 Mile stands as a deeply flawed excursion harbouring a couple of deep satisfactions.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Eminem's compelling, assured, workaholic performance lifts 8 Mile above its standard fare convictions.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
If you took the 'f' word in its various permutations, 'yo,' 'man,' 'dawg,' 'word' and the phrase 'my bad' out of Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile, you'd have a silent movie %u2013 and that might be an improvement.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
8 Mile" becomes tedious and tiresome in the first hour.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A powerful film that shows us the frustration and desperation of an entire emotionally neglected sub-class, its bravura 'rap battles' offering up the strongest prima facie connection between hip-hop's chest-thumping and adolescence's shoe-gazing.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
8 Mile probably won't win converts to rap, but it should thrill Eminem fans, so thumbs up.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Eminem himself comes fully to life only during his raps -- which the film unwisely confines to the last 20 minutes.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
If Eminem is a genius then Tiny Tim must be God.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Eminem plays a guy named "Rabbit," and he doesn't get any respect. Maybe going by the name "Rabbit" isn't the route to respect, yo.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
The sex scene between Jimmy (Eminem) and Alex (Brittany Murphy of "Riding in Cars With Boys") is hot enough to melt the gum under the seats of any theater.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
8 Mile is a great musical but as an inspirational drama it's trouble. Given that it revolves around a world where "keeping it real" is a permanent motto, it is, ironically enough, suspiciously phoney.
Nathaniel Rogers - CineScene.com
Can Eminem act? Yes, I am happy to report.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
If the part is not much of a mental or emotional stretch for him, [Eminem] acquits himself well enough for me to want to see him in other films.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
8 Mile has an authentic feel that transcends the phenomenon of Eminem; this is a realistic story about a guy trying to use music to escape a dead-end life.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Even a rapper needs to punch things up a bit, and 8 Mile, for all its hip-hop braggadocio, is a pretty weak riff.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Then there are the rap sequences where Eminem displays an energy close to unrivaled by any performance this year. In these scenes, he and the film show what they're really made of.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A brilliant, engaging examination of people who dream of escape.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
We've seen these character types before, but through the lens of Curtis Hanson, we suffer, carouse and dream right along with them.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Fittingly, avid Eminen enthusiasts and other targeted moviegoers will gleefully run this 8 Mile race and enjoy the antics of a misunderstood foul-mouthed rapping icon with layers of complexity
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Believe it or not folks, this is the feel good movie of the year!
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
About 3 miles to long and if you've seen Purple Rain, American Anthem, Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and to an extent Coyote Ugly and Glitter, you've seen 8 Mile.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
8 Mile is a movie about youth and race and sex and growth that has no respect for youth, has a disturbing undercurrent of hatred for Blacks, thinks all women are whores and for which growth is as simple as not being too afraid to let your voice out.
David Poland - Hot Button
Certainly the best first film ever by a musician crossing over to the acting world.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
There is a quietude to the film, even though it is punctuated by a lot of music and even more yelling. Its mood is soft and even humble.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Curtis Hanson knew exactly what he was doing when he made 8 Mile.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
A movie that will capture the attention of anyone who remembers what it was like when music was a crucial component of their daily existence.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
Rabbit's story is galvanizing and Eminem is a superstar. But hiphop has more and other stories to tell.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Who wastes time watching Tiger Woods/When real action comes from the boyz in the hoods?
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
8 Mile isn't about race or hip-hop as much as it is about making a valuable commodity more palatable to a mainstream audience.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
So paper thin that the former 'king of controversy' was able to cram the entire plot into one little crossover rap song that's currently playing at a radio station near you.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Eminem, much to the dismay of his detractors, turns in a rather fine performance in 8 Mile, a flawed film that still manages to make a powerful point.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Thanks to Eminem and the rising rap momentum, 8 Mile is engrossing.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
8 Mile goes the distance, and it proves that not every musician turned actor goes down a road paved with Glitter.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Essentially a downtrodden-teen -makes-good film ... That's not a bad thing, but it's nothing to rap home about, either.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Pop-music biopics have a great history, but 8 Mile is for Eminem fans only.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
It's raw, it's intense and it's very engrossing.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The triumph here is that Hanson and screenwriter Scott Silver have found a fresh way to tell this story.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
What's most disappointing is the thoroughly cliched story.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Eminem delivers a performance of considerable passion and depth.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Book-ended by two pivotal and compelling sequences, 8 Mile, like its star, is best when it focuses on the music.
Rachel Deahl - Ace Weekly (Lexington, KY)
8 Mile does everything it's designed to do.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
[Eminem] goes the mile demanded of him and he emerges a certified winner this time out.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
It's 8 Miles of bad road, I'm sorry to say, even for fans of Eminem's music -- we are left "doing time" waiting for his "wicked rhymes" till well beyond the point of patience.
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily
Say what you will about him as a person, but as a performing artist Marshall Mathers (a k a Eminem) has talent to spare. And one more thing -- his acting's not too bad, either.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Both in film and music, he tantalizes us with autobiographical detail while dazzling us with wit, grit, insight, profane humor and mind-boggling wordplay.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
8 Mile proves to be a bumpy, but entertaining ride.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Uneven but watchable.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Packs as much humor, hard truth and vitality as the rapper's LPs.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
A by-the-numbers storyline, complete with character actions that don't make a lick of sense because of how underdeveloped they are.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Merely a solid, conventional drama, because it ultimately loses sight of one very important fact: Eminem is at his best when he's making people angry, not when he's asking for their sympathy.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
While it's doubtful that Eminem could run out and perform Shakespeare tomorrow, his talents on screen -- in this role -- are astounding.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Eminem wipes away his hubris, revealing a trembling, self-doubting kid on the way up.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Unfortunately, 8 Mile does waste a lot of time dawdling over just about everything else ... until it finally begins to sputter at about the 6 mile mark.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
Rapper Eminem's film debut is far better than you'd think -- and a pure demonstration of the power of charisma.
James Rocchi - Netflix
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
[8 Mile is] more funny than foul, more inspiring than infuriating, more touching than not. In many ways, 8 Mile is a Rocky-like tale of determination and long odds that will appeal even to those who are turned off by most rap.
Jonathan Curiel - San Francisco Chronicle
8 Mile is not much in the story department. Its Star is Born framework is reassuring at the expense of being original, and the movie lacks narrative drive.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
[Nothing] more than an Elvis film, except there's a lot more sex and violence than Blue Hawaii and the music video sequences feature creative profanity instead of surfboards.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
8 Mile is among the best studio films of the year 2002.
John Anderson - Newsday
After just a few years in the spotlight, Eminem has accomplished something Elvis, Madonna, Michael and Mariah have not: He's made a great movie.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Elegant and tough, unpretentiously directed by Curtis Hanson, it doesn't for a second pander to what is supposed to be the star's target audience.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Funny, well-acted and surprisingly engaging.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Is it worth a look? Sure. Is it begging to be parodied? Without a doubt...somebody alert the Wayans.
John Venable - Supercala.com
The film is emotionally charged, almost naturally so, with Hanson's direction stressing the pop rapture that music can provide in a world that's dirty and ugly.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Say what you want about Eminem, but the guy has passion and a gift with words - the finale at the battle simply rocks the house.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
8 Mile has the pop star of the moment, Eminem, and a hip-hop soundtrack that's as current as it is contagious, but, at its core, the movie's spirit is as old-school as it comes.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
On it's own, "8 Mile" is a slightly above average mixture of "Good Will Hunting" drama, "Rocky" sports suspense and "Purple Rain'" musical moments. On a slightly deeper level, it plays as a White fantasy about Black acceptance and how talent being colorbl
James Hill - BET.com
What's pretty amazing here is that Hanson has managed to take Scott Silver's lameass script and mediocre acting and turn it into something special.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Eminem comes across as very genuine. It is his charisma, and his music, that make 8 Mile worth seeing.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
You have to question the time and care you want to invest in a character whose goal is to excel at insults
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
`8 Mile'...doesn't justify the hateful violence in Eminem's lyrics, but it does help you understand where that rage comes from.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Reactions to 8 Mile may be tempered by predispositions for or against the rapper, but the film cannot be faulted for lack of trying and may seduce skeptics with its energy and tone.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Middle-aged folks may not be attracted to the film's rap base but the built in youth demographic will love it.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If Juice gave you an appreciation for spinning vinyl, 8 Mile will put you in awe of the art of rhyme.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
The way this movie is made, the way this story is told, this is what is meant by the phrase "keepin' it real."
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Wounded and enigmatic, Eminem is a worthy focus.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Backed by a smart story that avoids easy answers and pat endings, the rapper may be in line for some real acting recognition.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
All this hoopla about Eminem's so great, is it any more of a stretch than Prince in "Purple Rain" or Babs in "A Star is Born" or Woody in any movie where he's having an affair with a younger woman?
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
The dialogue in "8 Mile" has a vocabulary of fewer words than the 223 in The Cat in the Hat, and that's counting giving someone the finger as a word.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
This movie is all about the dingy glamour of self-pitying rage.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Even if...your idea of (w)rapping has more to do with leftover bologna than improvisational street slang, 8 Mile still goes the distance.
Spyder Darling - NY Rock
As music star movie debuts go, 8 Mile is hardly A Hard Days Night, but it's not Crossroads, either.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Basically recycles all the old, tired cliches that abound in every story about the rise to stardom of poor but talented youngsters who overcome terrible obstacles in their drive to succeed.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Tony Manero, Rocky Balboa, Eminem. It's a dazzling debut and an important movie.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A movie that will satisfy hip-hop and Eminem fans in ways they never expected; even more significantly, it will touch people who thought they hated hip-hop and/or Eminem in ways they would have never expected.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
By its crowd-pleasing finale, 8 Mile is well on its way to becoming redundant at best and facile at worst.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
As the center of the movie's universe, Eminem is seriously lacking any sort of gravity that can hold the pieces together. It's no wonder, then, that 8 Mile falls apart.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Eminem kept his cool, and his new movie was straight dope.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Effective, if not more than a little dishonest. Think Blue Crush with swear words.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Eminem proves capable of carrying the lead, at least when the material is tailored to fit. Rather than show great range in his first outing, he gives an effective slow burn.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The dialogue sometimes gets so silly and redundant when trying to push Bunny Rabbit's talent that I expected to see Waterboy's Rob Schneider pop out and shout "You can do it Eminem".
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
In the singers-who-can't-act sweepstakes, Britney Spears (Crossroads) is still on top, edging out Eminem, who is about on par with Mariah Carey (Glitter).
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Some Eminem worshippers may be slightly disappointed to find that '8 Mile' doesn't make full use of his verbal vitriol until late in the game. The payoff, however, is definitely worth the wait.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
As a vanity project, the film is more tolerable than Purple Rain but it's every bit as obvious and redundant.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
I would imagine most of the exaggerated praise Mile has received is in direct correlation to the stupid pictures most rap-rock-pop stars have made in vain attempts to become movie stars.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The pleasant surprise of 8 Mile is that, despite the conventional structure of Scott Silver's script, Curtis Hanson hasn't made a film about Rabbit transcending his underclass roots, but embracing them instead.
Kevin Courrier - Boxoffice Magazine
Eminem gives a sincere, heartfelt, genuine performance as rapper Jimmy Smith (Rabbit) in the Detroit hood.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card