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Eighth Grade Reviews

August 1, 2018
In addition to its queasy verisimilitude, "Eighth Grade" offers acute observations on how social media and the language of self-care have warped teen life.
July 29, 2018
Despite having the best of intentions, Hollywood would have told this story differently. Burnham keeps it real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 27, 2018
"Eighth Grade" aces the test.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 27, 2018
Fisher's performance is nothing short of cringeworthy (high praise in this case). Still, the real delight is Hamilton's equally ungainly dad, who grows up faster than any of the kids in the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 27, 2018
It's rare to see a movie about middle school years that looks and sounds as right as Eighth Grade, a modest charmer... Burnham avoids most of the Mean Girls-style tropes in favor of a more gently humorous and nuanced approach.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 26, 2018
An achingly honest film about some of the ghastliest years of adolescence. Funny, tender and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 24, 2018
Eighth Grade is a harrowing portrait of anxiety and acceptance in a post-social-media landscape, showing how all of us cope with an ever-changing, constantly refreshing world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 20, 2018
As much as Burnham can be applauded, it's impossible not to clap even harder for the pitch-perfect acting of newcomer Elsie Fisher, a marvel in the lead role of an apparently unremarkable 13-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
Eighth Grade is a revelation of both a remarkably natural young performer and a clever, sensitive young filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
Burnham is clearly conflicted about the emotional effects of the constant comparisons, competitions and invidious voyeurism young people are subjecting themselves to nearly all day long. And he gets the subjective experience right.
July 19, 2018
Here's a comedy about the trials, tribulations and compulsive worries of youth told with empathy that does credit to first-time writer/director Bo Burnham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
I loved the look and simple but effective style of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
What most stunned me about 'Eighth Grade' was how well directed it is. It's rare that teen movies have the kind of visual acuity and verve that Burnham achieves here.
July 19, 2018
"Eighth Grade" turns out to be an appealingly generous portrait of adolescent awkwardness, also of parental awkwardness, though Josh Hamilton's fumbling dad is a keeper.
July 19, 2018
Everybody who has been through eighth grade needs to see Eighth Grade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
Burnham's filmmaking is unfussy yet thought through, so Fisher's seemingly artless performance is actually a pretty brilliant piece of acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 19, 2018
"Eighth Grade" is a beautiful and uncompromising piece of art, from a distinctive new talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2018
The transition between junior high and high school is exhilarating, traumatic, funny and horrifying, and Bo Burnham's "Eighth Grade" captures the whole experience perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 16, 2018
In the film, you're so immersed in the awkwardness of Kayla's life, that her long, timid walk from the guest bathroom in her lime green one-piece to the pool almost makes you sweat with anxiety.
July 13, 2018
I was just surprised over and over again at how deeply touching it is while seeming effortlessly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
July 13, 2018
Writer-director Bo Burnham, in his feature debut, skillfully intertwines the timeless aspects of adolescent humiliation and the very particular ways in which today's tech has changed them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 13, 2018
Eighth Grade is so grounded in the reality of middle school it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 12, 2018
Poignantly funny, wrenchingly wise and meltingly beautiful, "Eighth Grade" is a not-so-small miracle of independent filmmaking.
July 12, 2018
Every moment drips with aching - and, at times, heart-swelling - authenticity. The heart swelling is where the ugly cry kicks in.
July 12, 2018
First-time director Bo Burnham's tender take on teen angst, starring an incandescent Elsie Fisher, is a flat-out triumph-a film that is both indelibly of the moment and achingly timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 11, 2018
More than anything, this emotionally unsparing but never-punishing movie feels like the work of someone who kept his eyes and ears wide open.
July 11, 2018
"Eighth Grade" is a simple story of an unremarkable girl, tenderly and movingly told.
July 10, 2018
It's heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a total charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 10, 2018
If there's a more haunting portrait of what it's like to grow up now, I'm not sure I could take it.
July 10, 2018
A deeply kind movie, curious and nonjudgmental even about the characters who in most coming-of-age films would be hissable villains.
July 2, 2018
[Burnham] smothers the story in sentiment, stereotypes, and good intentions.
June 6, 2018
Fisher delivers a glorious symphony of awkward poignancy, from Kayla's cringe-worthy attempts to chat up a popular girl to her ultimately sweet connection with her kind, befuddled single dad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2018
Burnham's accomplished debut offers plenty for viewers of all ages, along with a filmmaking vision that is well beyond many of his comedy peers.
January 25, 2018
It keeps threatening to become a cringe-fest, but pulls back, as Burnham opts instead for something more human and realistic. There's a lived-in wisdom in the film.
January 24, 2018
Eighth Grade is lovely work, lifted up by a timeless piece of indie wisdom: Keep it real, as cringe-inducing as that can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
January 23, 2018
A lovely, truthful comedy about the pure nightmare that is junior high.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2018
"Eighth Grade" isn't a documentary, but it hews as close to the modern coming-of-age experience as currently seems possible.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 21, 2018
The kind of comedy that hipper parents might just be able to watch with their own offspring and enjoy.
January 21, 2018
Burnham has tapped into a byproduct of social-media-saturated adolescence that's often overlooked in favor of parental panic and worst-case-scenario horror stories.
January 20, 2018
"Eighth Grade" shines as, like, a totally spot-on, you know, portrait of Millennial angst and stuff.