The Eminem Show Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics What's this?

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 433 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Working once again with producer Dr. Dre, Marshall Mathers returns with his third album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. He's playing the same old marshall vs shady real-or-fake game as usual and its as interesting and complex as it ever was.
  2. We've heard it all before, we know the punchline, we've bought into the joke, but still we want the delivery again and again.
  3. Beyond allowing peeks into his life, Eminem's other gambits are self-pity and self-mythologizing, and they aren't nearly as potent.
  4. 70
    The Eminem Show lacks the overwhelming, single-minded force that The Marshall Mathers LP had.
  5. 70
    It's safe to say that if you liked Em's last two albums, you'll like this one. [Aug 2002, p.80]
  6. He often riffs for too long, so by the time he's singing to his daughter on "Hailie's Song," you feel the album's nearly 80-minute length.
  7. We're unlikely to hear another platinum-selling album in 2002 that sounds as tired and thoroughly played out as the fourth offering from the troubled young Marshall Mathers.

See all 20 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 4 out of 138
  1. AndersE.
    Aug 14, 2002
    Every single song on this CD was incredible and thats hard to find.
  2. Jun 5, 2012
    This album makes it Eminem's third classic consecutive album, proving to everyone what a rap sensation he really is, destroying his competition lyrically as well as commercially. Expand
  3. amyt
    Mar 12, 2003
    i love eminem he is sosexy and this cd is cool
  4. Mar 13, 2011
    The lyrics are captivating, emotions are conveyed through these songs that I never expected. It has bits of that "Don't give a f*ck Eminem" plus some philospihcal, emotional, political tracks. Expand
  5. May 27, 2013
    My favourite album by Eminem. He shows more maturity than on his previous albums and his lyricism and flow are better than ever. Also this album appeals to a wider audience. This album is a classic and proves that Eminem is one of the best rappers alive. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2011
    Phenomenal album...probably in the running as the best album of 2002. The only knock on it is that it had to follow up the expectations set by The Marshall Mathers LP, which it almost does. Expand
  7. Mark
    Dec 24, 2002
    I find it interesting that everyone that gave this album a 10 has yet to master the English language.

See all 138 User Reviews