• 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

Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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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 Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 8/10

October 9, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2012
John Anderson
Newsday
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Regardless of the viewer's proximity to his or her own high school experience, "Perks" seems to get it right, precisely because it's not about a specific time or place.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 4, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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Watson holds her own with a character more annoying on paper than in reality, but it's the boys who most impress ...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 2, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's an earnest indie about a troubled teen, Charlie (Logan Lerman), and his various troubled confederates -- but it does demonstrate that Watson can stand on her own.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

September 28, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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High school can be hell, but Stephen Chbosky's engaging new film argues that anyone can get by with a little help from their friends.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 28, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Somehow, these imperfections fit. Somehow, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" shouldn't be flawless.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

September 28, 2012
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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This somewhat disjointed but refreshingly earnest movie ultimately establishes itself as a charmer.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 28, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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This is clearly a labor of love that was nurtured and sculpted from the beginning. The result is a film that feels exhilarating, fragile, funny and real.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

September 28, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Well-soaked in the familiar brine of teen sensitivity.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Here's how to make sure your novel arrives on screen with its soul intact: adapt and direct it yourself.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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As a director, Chbosky mirrors his central character's emotional state.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 27, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" finds an unexpectedly moving freshness in the old clichés by remaining attentive to the nuances of what happens within and between unhappy teenagers.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Stephen Chbosky's script is insightful about the exhilaration of soul-piercing first love, and the misery of being swept into a relationship with someone who's forceful, determined and utterly wrong for you.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 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
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This big-screen adaptation, written and directed by Chbosky, doesn't advance the source material, though it preserves the book's sensitive tone and affectionate characterizations.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 27, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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All of my previous selves still survive somewhere inside of me, and my previous adolescent would have loved "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 27, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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There is an honesty to "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a genuineness of experience that makes the movie soar when it just as easily could have stumbled.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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It is the remarkable Logan Lerman who negotiates his journey to Charlie's self-discovery with so much dignity and vulnerability that he steals every scene and carries the picture.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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An occasionally funny, sometimes grim and all-in-all fairly adult look at privileged kids with sometimes awful lives, marred by abuse, drugs, depression, bullying and homophobia.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower'' is the sort of lower- budget personal film you hardly see being released by a major distributor anymore, except during awards season.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 21, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Likable, unsurprising and principally a showcase for the pretty young cast, notably Mr. Miller, who brings texture to his witty if sensitive gay quipster.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Thanks to [Chbosky's] stars, the film - like the book - is a smartly observed study of a troubled teen's first year in high school.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 20, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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While there are humorous and poignant moments, this angst-filled story of tender kisses, awkward dances, friends drifting apart, kindly English teachers, unrequited crushes and drug-addled partying has a nagging sense of deja vu.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 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
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Screenwriter/director Chbosky deserves credit for insisting on adapting a story he knows best, and he takes a heartfelt, if hardly visionary, approach.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Perks deserves points for going beyond the typical coming-of-age drivel aimed at teens. Logan Lerman excels as Charlie and Emma Watson makes a dream girl to die for, but the movie is stolen, head to tail, by Ezra Miller.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A graceful and beguiling drama adapted from Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel ...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 20, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"The Perks of Being a Wallflower," may not do anything groundbreaking, but it tells a familiar story in small, thoughtful ways.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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An earnest, big-hearted ode to friends as support and salvation, and to the talismanic quality a favorite song, treasured hang-out, or shared tradition can take on for a teenager.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

September 20, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Fact is, much as you and I might want to protest that we were cooler than these kids, wherever and whenever we did our growing up, we probably weren't.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 19, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's sad, funny, warm, and nostalgic - kind of like high school, really.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 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
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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I found the ultimate 'statement' of Wallflower to be a humane and encouraging one that the movie manages to deliver without getting overly precious.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 18, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's nostalgia with an emphasis on nostos, pain.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 17, 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
Rob Nelson
Variety
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First-time writer-director Stephen Chbosky adapts his young-adult bestseller with far more passion than skill, which suits familiar scenes of adolescent awkwardness aptly enough.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 10, 2012
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower" captures the phenomenon of high school with all the tenderness and horror it deserves.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: A-

September 8, 2012
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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Heartfelt but rather generic.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

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
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