• 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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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

What exactly are the perks of being a wallflower? Chbosky's as short on answers as he is on vowels.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 7, 2012
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

The greatest perk of being a real Wallflower is that at least you don't get stuck watching a movie about one.

Full Review Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2012
Robert Levin
amNewYork

Writer-director Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his novel is so infused with honey-glazed recollections of suburban Pittsburgh in the early '90s that it suffocates.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2012
Henry Barnes
Guardian [UK]

A whooping, leaping carnival of shouting about your difference in the faces of all those jocks and squares who never even heard of Sonic Youth.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

September 7, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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Chbosky plays this CW serial stuff for maximum earnestness, stressing the teenage tendency to assume that every new thing they're feeling is unprecedented in human history, keeping the tone just-moist-eyed throughout.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 4, 2012
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 29, 2012
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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Heartfelt but rather generic.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 7, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

A muddled creation blessed with unique emotional sincerity, yet cursed with loose ends and poorly defined characters, huddled into a precious creation that might test the patience of those with a sensitivity to effusive teen melodrama.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

September 28, 2012
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

December 14, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Has some nice touches and makes nice use of the passing seasons, but can't ever manage to tap into the universal center of the story.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Seek out the infinitely superior The Myth of the American Sleepover for an original and moving take on similar material.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Rings inauthentic throughout.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

December 4, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It's all frightfully familiar - as if teens sitting around the campfire need to be told the same story every night - until the last 15 mins., when this Cocoa Puffs movie reveals an underlayer of arsenic.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 13, 2012
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine

A risible, somewhat revolting piece of pop martyrdom, made for and isolated to the damaged middle class.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

September 16, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Verbal play and smartass-ery weaves through Wallflower, but it's of the predictable variety rather than the wryly observant commentary we'd hope for, like when a bored teen drawls: "That works on so many levels."

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

September 27, 2012
Jake Wilson
The Age (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.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 29, 2012
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Ripe dramatic material, but Chbosky surrounds his hurting characters with the cinematic equivalent of a hug circle -- which is sweet, but rather antithetical to tension-building.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 28, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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You can feel Chbosky's blood, sweat and tears oozing out of this highly personal project, but that holy trinity of fluids isn't enough to wash away the sense that you've seen this before-many, many, many times.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 20, 2012
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity

There's a lot to like about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but Chbosky has some growing up to do before he steps behind the camera again.

Full Review Source: Television Without Pity

September 21, 2012
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