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. 63
    The result, while not entirely devoid of entertainment value, doesn't work as a whole.
  3. 40
    The superficially cheery “Boogie Nights” is infinitely scarier.
  4. A private eye enters a horrific world of degrading sex and bottom-feeding pornographers.
  5. The whole movie turns into a violent, pointless, torture-or-be-tortured chase.
  6. 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.
  7. In the uncertain zone between dumb and truly twisted lies 8MM, a movie that will baffle and disgust you in one disconcerting experience.
  8. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The moral contortions of 8MM seem especially bogus, a sadomasochistic peep show booth pretending to be a confessional.
  9. I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.
  15. 0
    A nasty piece of work, and it's nasty in a particularly ostentatious and sophomoric way.
  16. Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 61 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 6 out of 18
  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. IslamB.
    Nov 9, 2005
    Yuckk!! It was grose with no story no art no good acting and boring and it also gave me a headache the worst nicholas cage movie.
  3. Jul 24, 2014
    Director Joel Schumacher directed "Batman and Robin" so it doesn't come by a surprise that this movie would fail miserably. The end result is an unappealing sadistic violence and a great lack of mystery and suspense. Full Review »