Excerpt: In a strange way, I hated the experience of watching Eighth Grade, but I mean that in the best way possible. It’s rare to see a coming-of-age film that fully embraces the trauma and anxieties of youth in such an assertive way without coming across as condescending, disingenuous, or inauthentic.
Excerpt: I adored Eighth Grade. Brings us back to our cringiest adolescent memories while updating age-old “coming of self” narratives with obsessive social media commentary. Raw, honest and heartfelt (both “-breaking” and “-warming”).
Excerpt: Thanks to Burnham’s compassionate and deeply human screenplay, along with the marvelously lived in performance of young Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade is a fly-on-the-wall look at life as lived by actual 13-year-olds that is at once hilarious, cringe-inducing, and achingly empathetic.
Excerpt: And that honesty comes down to Fisher’s performance. She’s so natural throughout whether the moment calls for awkwardness, confidence, self-deprecating humor, or abject terror. The brilliant sound design helps punctuate her spot-on comedic timing, but the drama is hers alone.
Excerpt: Crafting a story around an eighth-grade girl in the 2010s seems like an idea rife for a certain level of parody, but the brilliance of this film is how authentic it all feels by naturally incorporating the trends of the time. I may not be familiar with all the fads the younger generation is hip to these days, but the constant use of smartphones and social media is indeed something that rings true and finds a place in this film that speaks to some inherent comedy.
Excerpt: Sharply revealing, bluntly acute and charmingly acidic, Burnham’s cringe-worthy ode to the middle school years of an angst-ridden schoolgirl awkwardly matriculating to the next level of hellish academic scrutiny is an impressive debut for the observant funnyman.
Excerpt: Touching, stylishly constructed and utterly real, this film just may be the first to capture the complex, heartbreaking world of a new generation raised with constant, yet ironically limited connection.