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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 129 | Rotten: 22

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 7

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.

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Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope-and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. -- (C) Summit

PG-13,

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Feb 12, 2013

$17.7M

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Perks seems like the work of a much more experienced director, maintaining fidelity to the source material without sacrificing any cinematic qualities, triggering genuine sentimentality and nostalgia through interaction between sound and image.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic
The Atlantic
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Sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Regardless of the viewer's proximity to his or her own high school experience, "Perks" seems to get it right, precisely because it's not about a specific time or place.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Watson holds her own with a character more annoying on paper than in reality, but it's the boys who most impress ...

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's an earnest indie about a troubled teen, Charlie (Logan Lerman), and his various troubled confederates -- but it does demonstrate that Watson can stand on her own.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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High school can be hell, but Stephen Chbosky's engaging new film argues that anyone can get by with a little help from their friends.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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Satisfying enough to delight younger audience members, and maybe win over a few older ones, too.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

It's been a while since a movie captured so colorfully the comedy, tragedy, angst, and exuberance of adolescence.

July 20, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

"Like real teenagers, Watson and Miller convincingly move from glowing objects of desire to comic relief to deeply troubled human beings."

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Bravely delves into issues of incest, depression, homophobia and most hauntingly, death. And rarely does any of it feel fake.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

One of the absolute best films about surviving High School ever made.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A modern masterpiece...

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've seen in years, thanks to his enduring and truthful script.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The Perks of Being a Wallflower flutters with the excitement and terror that comes in being young and trying to find your way.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Boasts one of 2012's best live-wire performances in the form of Ezra Miller's exuberantly gay high school senior.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This profound story of love and friendship is apparently fiction, but it sure comes across with the power of a true story. It seems a lot truer to me than some based-on-fact movies like 'Argo.'

December 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

While most films about teenage life tend to trade on a nifty hook, and sometimes even a plot, The Perks of Being a Wallflower chimes in as an unusually incisive, character-driven ramble through the inevitable awkwardness of teen life.

December 7, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

Logan Lerman is outstanding in this well done coming of age tale.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Rings inauthentic throughout.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is funny, nostalgic, heartfelt and sweet, and so vivid it will practically make you feel the warm summer wind in your hair.

December 2, 2012 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

I think for a first film this guy who wrote the book and has adapted it for the screen has done a terrific job and I really found these characters sympathetic.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Something's missing in this film. It just feels constructed and flat. And I found the casting uninspired as well.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

A stellar adaptation and a beautifully crafted coming-of-age tale that comes wrapped in all the promise and possibility of adolescence.

November 29, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A funny, heartfelt if admittedly formulaic feature that boasts first rate performances and a genuine affection for its characters.

November 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Miller and Watson are in their element here, helping to shore up Chbosky's sophomore effort, which is likely to offer a pivotal moment in time for its leads.

November 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

Audience Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A beautifully sad yet brilliant masterpiece.
I might have preferred a little more depth to my characters rather than simply scratching the surface. But wonderfully powerful with a great young cast. Emma Watson excelled in this role!
March 28, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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I found it very hard to connect with the story, situations or with any of the characters. I had my teenage films, this is this generation's film, I get that but we all go through the same things, nothing has changed that dramatically. So stop listening to our music (get your own), cheer up and stop being so bloody selfish! This is of course the natural reaction of someone who doesn't fully remember what it was like to be that age any more but with the not great memory that I do have, I don't remember it being that bad. 'Serious teen drama' is almost a contradiction in terms, nothing is as serious as it seems to us at that age and to write a book/make a film along those lines is basically the result of an adult making money out of teenagers misery and awkwardness. Do yourselves a favour kids, don't bother with the book or film, call round a friends house and go out and have some fun while you're young and care free. Just make sure you tidy your room first.
February 27, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Loved the cast in this movie. Loved the music in this movie. Loved the feel of this movie. Let's face it!! I just LOVED this movie!! ;)
September 25, 2013
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a terrific and highly entertaining drama film with a great cast. I've seen plenty of dramas in the past year or so, but this is by far one of the most engaging and well crafted films in the genre that I have seen. If you want something with a great storyline, then give this movie a shot. Emma Watson is surprisingly good here and she proves that she can act in a totally different way than the Harry Potter films. In other words, she definitely breaks the mold, and won't be just another type casted actress. This is an effective drama with a wonderful cast where each actor brings something unique to the screen. I was pleasantly surprised by the film, and I didn't expect much from the film. However the plot was thoroughly engaging and entertaining and it was truly something to treasure. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the best films that I have seen in recent memory and if you enjoy well constructed dramas, this is the film for you. This film surprised me, and it is a far better film than what you might initially think. With a great cast, effective directing and a well written story, this is a must see for film fans that want something truly memorable to watch. This is a near flawless film that is sure to appeal to viewers looking for a well structured film. The cast here keep you interested from start to finish and the direction is wonderful as well. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a delightful surprise and one that is entertaining from start to finish.
August 18, 2013
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    1. Charlie: I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.
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    1. Charlie: There's nothing like the deep breathes after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for all the right reasons.
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    1. Charlie: So, I guess we are who we are for alot of reasons. And maybe we'll never know most of them. But even if we don't have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.
    – Submitted by Nadya N (4 months ago)
    1. Charlie: So, you're not scared of me?
    2. Sam: No.
    3. Charlie: So, we can be friends again?
    4. Sam: Of course!
    5. Sam: C'mon. Lets go be psychos together!
    – Submitted by Nadya N (4 months ago)
    1. Charlie: Things change. And friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody.
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    1. Patrick: You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand. You're a wallflower.
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