Eighth Grade Reviews

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July 19, 2018
"Eighth Grade" is a beautiful and uncompromising piece of art, from a distinctive new talent.
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.
July 18, 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.
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.
July 13, 2018
Eighth Grade is so grounded in the reality of middle school it almost operates like a horrible collective flashback.
July 13, 2018
Many filmmakers have tried and failed to do what Burnham's achieved in this remarkable debut.
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.
July 12, 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 12, 2018
"Eighth Grade" is a simple story of an unremarkable girl, tenderly and movingly told.
July 11, 2018
Eighth Grade isn't easy, both on screen and in life, but it's a film that should be a rite of passage for all, no matter the age.
July 10, 2018
It's heartbreaking, heartwarming, and a total charmer.
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 8, 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.
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.
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