(1999)

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75
Chicago Sun-Times
It is a real film. Not a slick exploitation exercise with all the trappings of depravity but none of the consequences.
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.
63
USA Today
The two m's in 8MM could stand for "messy melodrama." [26 February 1999, Life, p.5E]
63
ReelViews
The result, while not entirely devoid of entertainment value, doesn't work as a whole.
60
Chicago Reader
I can't say I warmed to the results, but I was solidly held for the film's two hours.
42
Entertainment Weekly
The whole movie turns into a violent, pointless, torture-or-be-tortured chase.
40
The superficially cheery "Boogie Nights" is infinitely scarier.
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.
25
Christian Science Monitor
A private eye enters a horrific world of degrading sex and bottom-feeding pornographers.
0
Voyeuristically wallows in the sadistic violence it professes to deplore. What hypocrisy!

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