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Eighth Grade (2018)



Critic Consensus: Eighth Grade takes a look at its titular time period that offers a rare and resounding ring of truth while heralding breakthroughs for writer-director Bo Burnham and captivating star Elsie Fisher.

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Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school--the end of her thus far disastrous eighth grade year before she begins high school.

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Critic Reviews for Eighth Grade

All Critics (319) | Top Critics (85)

Not since Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) has a comedy captured so vividly the agony and the ecstasy-well, OK, it's all agony-of being a... teenage girl. [Full review in Spanish]

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Eighth Grade is a masterpiece.

April 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The real genius of Eighth Grade is its universality - an honesty and compassion that cut across generational boundaries.

April 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

There are moments of great darkness...Bo Burnham does a brilliant job of judging just how far to push any particular scene. And there is kindness, and joy, and the lurking underbelly of friendship.

April 26, 2019 | Full Review…

It's just sweet, sad and beautifully observed.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This is a film that gets under the skin of Generation X with humour and heartfelt emotion that makes it a genuinely great coming-of-age movie that hooks you by the heart.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eighth Grade

It is great to see a film about adolescence that feels like the real thing for a change and not just some silly, romanticized idea of it, which is even more remarkable when you consider that Bo Burnham is a grown-up man who clearly hasn't forgotten what it is like to be a teenager.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An interesting and thoughtful look at a character that oftentimes is dismissed in movies. Funny and heartfelt, but leaves you wanting more from the story, which feels incomplete.

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer

I'm a fan of Burnham's, so I expected a lot from this film, and he did not disappoint. Apart from a few after school special tropes in the beginning, Burnham and Fisher really capture the realism of middle schools, while hitting a lot of subtle nuances that many media portrayals of schools miss. The laughs and the cringes are plenty and welcome, as are the heartfelt moments and moments of self-discovery. I look forward to more Bo Burnham written and directed films after this great debut.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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