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Eighth Grade

  • Starring: Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
  • Director: Bo Burnham
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 94 min.

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.

"Fisher delivers a glorious symphony of awkward poignancy, from Kayla's cringe-worthy attempts to chat up a popular girl to her ultimately sweet connection with her kind, befuddled single dad."
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Burnham's accomplished debut offers plenty for viewers of all ages, along with a filmmaking vision that is well beyond many of his comedy peers."
- Nick Allen,
"A lovely, truthful comedy about the pure nightmare that is junior high."
- A.A. Dowd, AV Club
""Eighth Grade" isn't a documentary, but it hews as close to the modern coming-of-age experience as currently seems possible. At every turn, Fisher is honest and open, relatable to the point that you feel as if you’re actually watching her own life play out. "
- Kate Erbland, indieWire
"The kind of comedy that hipper parents might just be able to watch with their own offspring and enjoy."
- Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter
"Eighth Grade rejects predictable plot points and instead lives on the electric edge of awkwardness and uncertainty and doubt that represents the middle school experience; you never quite know what’s going to happen to Kayla, and that feels right. "
- Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice
"Eighth Grade is an exciting directorial debut for Burnham, a precocious teen phenomenon who seems to have grown into a thoughtful adult—one who intimately knows of what he speaks. "
- Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
"Fisher must be given immense credit for making it all work as her performance is pitch-perfect in every respect. Sometimes, it feels like you’re not even watching an actress perform but an actual person. The way Burnham shot some of the scenes makee it feel like non-fiction rather than fiction."
- Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist
"Newcomer Elsie Fisher offers a breakout performance. "
- Leslie Felperin, Hollywood Reporter