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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)



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

Movie Info

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) Summitmore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, drug and alcohol use, sexual content including references, and a fight - all involving teens)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Chbosky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2013
Box Office: $14.9M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


Logan Lerman
as Charlie
Ezra Miller
as Patrick
Mae Whitman
as Mary Elizabeth
Kate Walsh
as Mother
Nina Dobrev
as Candace
Paul Rudd
as Mr. Anderson
Joan Cusack
as Dr. Burton
Melanie Lynskey
as Aunt Helen
Tom Savini
as Mr. Callahan
Leo Miles Farmerie
as 7-Year-Old Charlie
Isabel Muschweck
as 9-Year-Old Candace
Nicholas Braun
as Ponytail Derek
Jordan Paley
as Rocky MC
Patrick De Ledebur
as Senior Bully
Brian Balzerini
as Linebacker
Tom Kruszewski
as Nose Tackle
Emily Callaway
as Mean Freshman Girl
Chelsea Zhang
as Shakespeare Girl
Jesse Scheirer
as Freshman Boy
Julie Schaefer
as Twin Girl
Mark McClain Wilson
as Emergency Room Polic...
Atticus Cain
as Emergency Room Docto...
Stacy Chbosky
as Young Mom
Laurie Klatscher
as School Principal
Jennifer Enskat
as Sam's Mom
Morgan Wolk
as Candace's Friend
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News & Interviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Critic Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (40)

What it gets right is so right that the occasional clunky piece of dialogue or the slip of an accent isn't enough to derail a lovely piece of cinema.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016

Satisfying enough to delight younger audience members, and maybe win over a few older ones, too.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
The National (UAE)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower


Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


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!

Film Crazy

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!! ;)

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Quotes

Charlie: He begins every night really excited. He always says he feels free, and tonight is his destiny. But after awhile, he runs out of things to keep himself numb. ... the words leave him, and we can see how sad he really is
– Submitted by Brooke E (17 months ago)
Charlie: I don't know if you've ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That's why I'm trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.
– Submitted by Josephine N (23 months ago)
Charlie: I am very interested and fascinated how everyone loves each other, but no one really likes each other.
– Submitted by Nadya N (2 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Nadya N (2 years ago)

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