Metascore
19

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
    75
    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. 63
    The result, while not entirely devoid of entertainment value, doesn't work as a whole.
  4. A private eye enters a horrific world of degrading sex and bottom-feeding pornographers.
  5. Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy!
  6. 40
    The superficially cheery “Boogie Nights” is infinitely scarier.
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    40
    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.
  8. The whole movie turns into a violent, pointless, torture-or-be-tortured chase.
  9. I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    The moral contortions of 8MM seem especially bogus, a sadomasochistic peep show booth pretending to be a confessional.
  12. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    30
    A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.
  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. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 0
    A nasty piece of work, and it's nasty in a particularly ostentatious and sophomoric way.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
User Score
5.9

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
    6
    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
    2
    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
    1
    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 »