Reviews: Eighth Grade (2018)

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  • Alex Brannan @ CineFiles Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aside from minor nitpicks, Eighth Grade is a remarkable achievement for first-time director Bo Burnham.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ Spirituality and Practice
    • Excerpt: A fascinating and nuanced portrait of a 13-year-old compulsive cell phone user yearning for connections.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • 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.
  • Matt Donato @ Flickering Myth
    • 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”).
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Let’s face it. This isn’t just eighth grade, this is the human experience and it speaks to everyone.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • 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.
  • Jared Mobarak @ BuffaloVibe
    • 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.
  • Frank Ochieng @ Screen Anarchy
    • 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.
  • Kristy Puchko @ Riot Material
    • Excerpt: All this makes Eighth Grade not just a great film, but also a traumatizing trip back to a time many adults gladly forget.
  • [New] | Francis Rizzo III @ DVDTalk.com
    • 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.
  • Stephen Silver @ Broad Street Review
    • Excerpt: Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade belongs to a tradition of hyperrealistic, unglamorous, uncomfortable, female-focused coming-of-age movies.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ The Lens