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  • Summary: Tom Welles (Cage) is a family man with a modest home-based private investigation business living a simple life in Pennsylvania -- until a reel of crudely shot eight millimeter film sends him down a gritty and frightening path into society's darkest corners. (Sony)
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  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: Mike Clark
    The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
  3. I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor.
  5. Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Jun 11, 2014
    I loved this movie because of the dark nature of the film and what it depicts. It shows the struggle between the evil and good of man and one of the darker sides of our humanity. Expand
  2. Calimero
    May 19, 2006
    This film should not be in this list!It´s pretty good and scares the .... out of me!
  3. Jan 9, 2011
    What a good psycho thriller..kept me entertained throughout. Pretty crazy scenes that make you think...this really happened out there! He goes deep into underground territory on this the plot and explains it well and does its job to keep you entertained. Expand
  4. Invincible
    Nov 4, 2006
    Nice movie... a new concept! everyone may not like this one... but good to watch a movie like this!!!
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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. Expand
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