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Eighth grade is the worst – but luckily the same doesn’t hold true for Eighth Grade, the debut feature from writer/director Bo Burnham. The film follows an awkward, quiet thirteen-year-old named Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she navigates her last week of middle school. Her eighth grade year was a disaster, and even though she isn’t the person she wants to be yet (despite what her inspirational YouTube testimonials may indicate), change is on the horizon: in the form of high school.


  • Elsie Fisher
  • Daniel Zolghadri
  • Fred Hechinger
  • Imani Lewis
  • Luke Prael
  • Catherine Oliviere
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Emily Robinson
  • Jake Ryan

Atom User Reviews

4.5 out of 5
Verified Review

It left me feeling so uncomfortable, the main character plays an extremely nervous introverted girl and you just want to put her on meds or something! There was absolutely nothing of interest for the viewer! Super monotonous! This is the kinda thing you don’t spend $15 in a theater! I wouldn’t even buy the dvd! Perhaps good for a “you are not alone” type of video for school kids ??? It had a few laughs due to its awkwardness but that’s about it!

Kaminsky K
Verified Review

Lovely movie. Great job of highlighting the way children actually think an act. I saw myself in the character a lot. You never really see a coming of age story about a girl, and Bo Burnham really hit it out if the park with this one. They could have explored her relationship with men a little more, but all in all 10/10 movie

leesa L


Jul 26, 2018

Eighth Grade works you over, audience wincing followed by audience gratification, narrative tension followed by release, crises leading to just-in-time catharsis.

Metacritic review by Michael Phillips
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Jul 20, 2018

Thanks to Burnham’s exuberant, alert writing and Fisher’s masterful command of vulnerability, anxiety, resilience and steadfast self-belief, Kayla emerges as an icon of her own — just by being herself.

Metacritic review by Ann Hornaday
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Jul 19, 2018

The greatest miracle of Eighth Grade is its warmth. The film reflects arguably the worst stretch of growing up in America’s education system, but it’s rarely if ever ugly. Instead, it’s compassionate, radiating retroactive kindness for the children we all were to soothe the adults we are now.

Andrew Crump
Paste Magazine