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855 Ratings

Eighth Grade

Directed by Bo Burnham
United States, 2018
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Kayla, a social media-hooked 13-year-old, projects confidence and cool on her barely watched YouTube channel, but in real life is painfully shy, awkward, and practically invisible to her classmates. With high school just around the corner, can she reconcile her online persona with her real self?

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Eighth Grade Directed by Bo Burnham

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 3 nominations including: Best Feature

2019 | Winner: Best First Screenplay

National Board of Review

2018 | 2 wins including: Best Directorial Debut

Oddly, watching “Eighth Grade,” with its deeply recognizable minor tragedies, and even more minor triumphs, made me feel a strange kind of hope. Burnham’s ability to view and capture horrible teen dynamics so clearly and convincingly indicated to me that one could live to tell the tale. After all, hadn’t I survived? I had, hadn’t I?
August 01, 2018
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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.
July 24, 2018
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A flourish can be empty, a flourish can keep the audience comfortably “above” the action onscreen. But Burnham knows what he’s doing. Every moment is life-or-death when you’re 13. These flourishes identify us so strongly with Kayla that every social scenario is pierced with emotional peril.
July 13, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    It's so frustrating because this movie has some GREAT parts--genuine humor, tension and sorrow. But there are so many shortcuts taken in regards to the narrative; I'm so tired of movies about kids who have no friends or confidants (those kids are so rare as to be nonexistant) and single parents with no money troubles. There's a potential for greatness here but it stumbles with concrete realities.

  • Not A Sexy Vampire's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    Y'all.... Eighth Grade is the most perfect, warm bear hug of a film. Painfully relatable, overwhelmingly beautiful. Hilariously funny. The cringe is so so strong in some scenes (that car scene is excruciating and scarier than anything in Hereditary) but every second is filled with truth. That fire scene towards the end is perhaps the most astonishing film scene of the last few years. I love this fucking movie.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    More focused and affecting, if more typical than Lady Bird. A look at how life is a learn-as-you-go experience. This is a too-obvious tone, theme, and idea, for its grade-concept. And the periphery characters are either bland or mono-dimensional, only serving Kayla’s character arc that doesn't so much evolve, as much as she learns how to wade through the blows, like a boxer on tip-toes.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    Elides the teen genre trope of writing with hindsight the characters as funnier or cooler than exist - it’s a brutal depiction of social hierarchy we all perpetuate. Loved the way screens were integrated, and the reliance on music to sell every (heightened) emotional beat. It is relentless in content and its formal commitment. Mainly you really hope it finds the right people.

  • Ana Sousa's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    This was physically painful to watch. School is hell unless you know pretty much who you are at a young age (who does?) or you just pretend (who doesn't?) but technology makes it a thousand times worse. Glad I escaped this generation, even if just for a few years. Also, the fact that there are simulations of shootings in school, a place where you're supposed to focus on learning and growing up, is just depressing.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    Bo Burham's directorial debut captures the endearing awkwardness of youth with all of its rites-of-passage trials and tribulations. The balance between comedy, drama and social realism in Middle America is accurate and heartfelt. A competent entry inside indie cinema from the viral savvy comedian.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    There are very few teen movies that deal honestly with what it's like to be a teen, and to Eighth Grade's credit, that's what its going for. Much of it is the old routine with a new Snapchat filter. But it's at its best when it veers into unexpected tonal territory or, true to adolescence, refuses to settle anything. And I approve on principle of any comedy where adults and kids can laugh at how little each knows.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Eighth Grade

    Bo Burnham does a tremendous job of keeping "Eighth Grade" authentic in nearly every facet: the clumsy communication between adolescents, the formless sense of connection, the ubiquity of social media and texting, and the reliance on the gifted Elsie Fisher using YouTube vlogs as her primary vehicle for voicing her thoughts all feel sharp. Similar to "Boyhood:" a film made up of details, most of which are on-point.

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