The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2012
Chbosky's adaptation from his semi-autobiographical best selling novel is a zinger of a screenplay, and he directs it with verve and sensitivity. Charlie's journey is beautifully conveyed and it's done without sentimen
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2012
Funny and sad, involving and moving, this quirkily named film with its mixed cocktail of characters offers more than you expect
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 24, 2012
Humbling experience and despite whatever generation you hark from there is the common ground of having lived through those teenage years and this film revels in those magic moments and the people that help form who we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
November 22, 2012
It's adolescent life, without the gloss but the resonant joy of freeze-framed fist pumps.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
The only misfire involves the trio's search for a mystery song. The fact that this shower has heard of Nick Drake but not David Bowie is really beyond belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
October 21, 2012
...parents and teens might not want to watch it together, but they sure will want to talk about it afterwards.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2012
One of the year's most agreeable surprises on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 15, 2012
A dewy early 1990s coming-of-age tale that is remarkable for its sensitivity and earnestness, even if its post-Salinger stations of the cross are almost entirely familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 13, 2012
Earnest and eclectic, the innate compassion of Stephen Chbosky's young adult novel elevates it above other coming-of-age dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
October 12, 2012
The bottom line is there are many perks to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 11, 2012
Is it a tale of first love, traumatized youths, loss of innocence or . . . all of the above?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 11, 2012
Where Chbosky does score is in conveying the joyful release teenagers feel on finding themselves and finding their soul-mate peers - something his characters do with the aid of the emotional touchstones provided by British post-punk classics.
Mike Prevatt
Orlando Weekly
October 9, 2012
Once Lerman finds his footing, he carries the film with just the right amounts of nuance, charm and angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
Movies.com
October 9, 2012
It will become one of those movies this generation turns to when it wants to say, "This is how it was for us, and this is how we survived it." For teenagers - and those of us who were teenagers once - it's truly remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 9, 2012
Filmmaker Chbosky constructs a tight, confined microcosm for them where the outside world never intrudes.
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
October 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 8, 2012
Spikier than the average coming-of-age movie, this astute comedy-drama is packed with memorable characters and resonant situations. It's also strikingly intelligent, refusing to accept Hollywood's fake moralising. And even better, it's funny and sexy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 7, 2012
What exactly are the perks of being a wallflower? Chbosky's as short on answers as he is on vowels.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 7, 2012
It's all rather obvious and familiar, but well enough acted.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 6, 2012
Ezra Miller commits cinema larceny, stealing this movie from everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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