Overwhelming dislike - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. 75
    It is a real film. Not a slick exploitation exercise with all the trappings of depravity but none of the consequences.
  2. Reviewed by: Craig Marine
    This is not a movie for the squeamish, by any means. But for those who like their thrillers dark and their heroes a bit more complicated and flawed than the average shoot-without-a-blink type so prevalent in today's movies, 8MM fills the bill.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  4. 63
    The result, while not entirely devoid of entertainment value, doesn't work as a whole.
  5. I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.
  6. The whole movie turns into a violent, pointless, torture-or-be-tortured chase.
  7. 40
    The superficially cheery “Boogie Nights” is infinitely scarier.
  8. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    The biggest thing wrong with this mess is its whole attitude. The film tries to condemn all these shocking things, but if you're not shocked, just wait a couple of minutes and they'll try again.
  9. Schumacher almost invariably breathes more life into his material than he has here. It's a lot easier to tick off the forced, farfetched touches in Eight Millimeter than to count the ones that ring true.
  10. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The moral contortions of 8MM seem especially bogus, a sadomasochistic peep show booth pretending to be a confessional.
  11. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.
  12. A private eye enters a horrific world of degrading sex and bottom-feeding pornographers.
  13. In the uncertain zone between dumb and truly twisted lies 8MM, a movie that will baffle and disgust you in one disconcerting experience.
  14. Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy!
  15. 0
    Almost as degrading as any unmarked video you can buy in the back alleys of Manila, and, in its pseudo-significance and arty pretension, it's a lot less honest. I'm heartily sorry I had to poison an entire evening with it.
  16. 0
    That 8MM fails miserably as a psychological thriller is forgivable. The fact that it is nearly as creepy, sleazy, and manipulative as the pornographic films it so cluelessly and hypocritically condemns is not.
  17. 0
    A nasty piece of work, and it's nasty in a particularly ostentatious and sophomoric way.
  18. Those foolhardy enough to place themselves at the mercy of 8MM can expect the following emotions: disgust and revulsion, then anger, followed by a profound and disheartening sadness. There are some films whose existence makes the world a worse place to live, and this is one of them.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    Joel Schumacher really doesn't show anything significant or prominent throughout "8MM". Everything's grotesque and lacks the profound air Nicholas Cage tries to present. However I admit that the film certainly did not deserve a 1.9 out of 10; its still entertaining or manageable in a way. Full Review »
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    8mm has a very good story, it manages suspense properly enough, I don't agree that it shows too much gore, I think that it shows enough of it to probe the film's idea. It's not the best Cage's movie but it's an average suspense movie. Full Review »
  3. Feb 23, 2013
    This is one of the darkest, grittiest, and scariest films I have ever seen. The reason? It's simple, this could actually happen! This probably has happened before! Tom Welles (Nicholas Cage) is hired by an elderly woman who finds a snuff film among her late husband's possessions. She wants to know if it's real and if it is wants to pay the family for her husband's mistakes. The investigation takes Welles down a deep dark road that few travel and even less know about. The story is just so dark and creepy that some of you might actually be freaked out by it! Cage is amazing as always, leading a terrific cast, that includes Joaquin Phoenix and Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini. It's a very strong story that will chill you to the bone. It's defiantly not for everyone, but it was right up my alley! Full Review »