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8 Mile Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    77

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal 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.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Flaws and all, it really does show a star being born.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 15 & under

Eminem's edgy, graphic quasi-biopic is not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie is rated R for nonstop profanity, violence, drug references, and very explicit sexual references and situations. Characters vandalize and burn down an abandoned house, and a character accidentally shoots himself. There's a reference to child rape. Eminem's character has an unstable mother who's living with a boyfriend his age, and she speaks to her son in very inappropriate ways about her sexual relationship. Some viewers will be upset by the neglect of the main character's sister, a little girl who witnesses violence, family fights, a mother who drinks and has sex with a young man, and other abusive situations.

  • Families who see this movie could talk about what changed in Rabbit's life to give him the guts to perform. Why was his willingness to insult himself before anyone else could a show of strength that was more devastating to his opponent than an attack could be? How is Eminem in the tradition of white musicians of the past who became successful by appropriating the music developed by black performers? Why did Future support Rabbit? Why did Rabbit support Bob?Families could also talk about the way the movie makes clear that having sex with someone should not be confused with thinking that you know the person or that you have a relationship. What were the signs that Alex was more interested in her career than in getting to know Rabbit? Note that in one scene, a character watches a short excerpt from a movie called Imitation of Life in which a black woman discovers that her daughter has been passing for white at school. Why would the director chose that scene to include? Families could also talk about how they feel about Eminem's lyrics and why they have been so popular with both teenagers and critics.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lots of bad behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Characters are beat up, we see a bloody gunshot wound.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Graphic sexual references and situations.

  • language false5

    Language: Constant and extremely strong profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, a drunk character, many drug references.

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