• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Stephen Chbosky
  • In Theaters:    Sep 21, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Feb 12, 2013
  • Lionsgate Films

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

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James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 20, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013

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

Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 6, 2013

A modern masterpiece...

Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
February 17, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 10, 2012

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.'

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jim Schembri
3AW
December 7, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
December 6, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Martain
The Mercury
December 2, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 29, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
November 29, 2012

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

Tom Clift
Moviedex
November 28, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
November 25, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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