8 Mile

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    The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries to fulfill his dream of success in hip Show more... hop. With future and the three one third all he has to do is not choke.

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    It's easy to like Jimmy Smith as well as to admire him, because Mr. Mathers lets us in, with no sign of calculation, on the kindness, even tenderness, that Jimmy conceals from most of the people around him.

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    In the tradition of Rocky and Fever, the movie is a shrewdly engineered piece of proletarian pop -- a story of triumph -- but, like Eminem's enraged lyrics, 8 Mile has its own kind of vile candor.

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    In addition to showcasing Mathers, 8 Mile makes a case for rap as a creative rebel yell.

    3/4
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    What saves all this from being purely conventional is the filmmaker's keen sense of Rabbit's essential solitude as an artist, even when surrounded by friends.

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    Despite the predictable formula, screenwriter Scott Silver wisely avoids taking the easy route every time; there are several small twists you may not expect, and the ending isn't entirely a happy one.

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    Because it rejects easy victories, this may be one of the few inspirational movies that could actually inspire someone, somewhere, sometime.

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    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.

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    At its best, 8 Mile illuminates the culture out of which rap springs, at once an art form, provocation and survival mechanism.

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    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.

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    Like his wizardly lyrics, Eminem's performance and his film have unexpected depth.

    4/4
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    Who could have predicted that a rap movie starring Eminem would, at its best, be one of the year's sweetest joyrides?

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    The story is all right: The picture's real excellence is its portrait of the society in which it takes place.

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    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.

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    8 Mile probably won't win converts to rap, but it should thrill Eminem fans, so thumbs up.

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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

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    [Eminem] does a lot of things right. So does the movie.

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    The payoff comes after an hour and a half of a long, criminally tiresome setup.

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    Eminem steals the picture from a cast with snap down to the smallest parts.

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    Underwhelming.

    2/5
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    The triumph here is that Hanson and screenwriter Scott Silver have found a fresh way to tell this story.

    3/4
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    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.

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    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.

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    [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.

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    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.

    3/5
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    8 Mile is among the best studio films of the year 2002.

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    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.

    3/4
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    For all its grit, 8 Mile ends up radiating a joyful, hopeful vibe. It's an old-school charmer.

    3/4
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    8 Mile is entertaining to an extent. Our enjoyment is muted because the movie has an agenda.

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    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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    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.

    4/4
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    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.

    3/4
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    While it's doubtful that Eminem could run out and perform Shakespeare tomorrow, his talents on screen -- in this role -- are astounding.

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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

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    The movie is a success on its own terms because the director doesn't condescend to pop music.

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    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.

    3/4
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    A fascinating, surprisingly entertaining stand-off that has adroitly managed to satisfy both of its constituencies, allowing all sides to legitimately claim victory.

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    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.

    B+
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    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.

    3/4
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    As music star movie debuts go, 8 Mile is hardly A Hard Days Night, but it's not Crossroads, either.

    C
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    Eminem is magnetic playing a version of himself.

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    Qualifies as a cinematic event by tapping into the roots of Eminem and the fury and feeling that inform his rap.

    4/4
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    O.K., so I'm the wrong audience for this teenage junk.

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    Gritty and electrifying.

    A-
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    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.

    4/4
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    A canny, and largely successful, attempt to broaden the star's appeal.

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    Writer Scott Silver and director Curtis Hanson dig deep into the subculture to deliver a terrific movie.

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