Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade

Newcomer Elsie Fisher makes her way through the last week of a disastrous eighth grade year in comedian Bo Burnham's feature debut as director.

"Eighth-grader Kayla Day (Fisher) always has her phone in hand, hoping to find connections online that might make up for those she’s unable to forge in everyday life. She makes YouTube videos aimed at other adolescents dealing with similar issues—feelings of isolation, anxiety, and invisibility—but after so easily summoning this wisdom and confidence when addressing her (barely existent) audience, Kayla finds it paralysingly difficult to apply in real situations. In the final week of a thus-far-disastrous school year—and with high school looming on the horizon—Kayla struggles to bridge the gap between how she perceives herself and who she believes she should be." (Sundance Film Festival)

2018Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references94 minsUSA
ComedyDrama

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Eighth Grade / Reviews

Flicks, Katie Parker

Flicks, Katie Parker

Newcomer Elsie Fisher makes her way through the last week of a disastrous last year of middle school—shy, isolated from her peers, and struggling for connection with her peers both IRL and online.

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Vulture

Vulture

Burnham has tapped into a byproduct of social-media-saturated adolescence that's often overlooked in favour of parental panic and worst-case-scenario horror stories.

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Variety

Variety

"Eighth Grade" shines as, like, a totally spot-on, you know, portrait of Millennial angst and stuff.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

... a simultaneously harrowing and sweet look at early adolescence.

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Time Out

Time Out

Eighth Grade is lovely work, lifted up by a timeless piece of indie wisdom: Keep it real, as cringe-inducing as that can be.

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Stuff

Stuff

Heartwrenching, heartwarming and disquieting in equal measure, Eighth Grade is essential viewing for the parents of today's tweens.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

It might be easy to laugh at Kayla, but Burnham and Fisher endow her with so much pathos that audiences are more likely to feel sympathy.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

For all Burnham's skill in making the artfully-composed film, it's Fisher who really carries all the humour and heart, delivering a stunning performance that serves as a painfully relatable avatar for everybody watching.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The kind of comedy that hipper parents might just be able to watch with their own offspring and enjoy.

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Collider

Collider

Nevertheless, thanks to a wonderfully sensitive and bold performance from [Elise] Fisher and some standout work from Burnham behind the camera, Eighth Grade is ultimately an effective-if not exactly revelatory-watch.

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