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


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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

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James Luxford
The National

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

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2013
Eric D. Snider

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

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

July 20, 2013
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B+

May 24, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 4/4

March 21, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A modern masterpiece...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

March 6, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 17, 2013
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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 Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B

February 4, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

December 10, 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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper

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

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 7/10

December 6, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

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 Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 5/5

December 2, 2012
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

November 29, 2012
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

November 29, 2012
Tom Clift

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

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 28, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age

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 Source: The Sunday Age | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 25, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 24, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Funny and sad, involving and moving, this quirkily named film with its mixed cocktail of characters offers more than you expect

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 24, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

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 Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 5/5

November 24, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

It's adolescent life, without the gloss but the resonant joy of freeze-framed fist pumps.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 5/5

November 22, 2012
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