The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

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October 7, 2012
It's all rather obvious and familiar, but well enough acted.
October 6, 2012
Ezra Miller commits cinema larceny, stealing this movie from everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2012
There's a lot to like about Perks, but I just couldn't shake the feeling that much like its main character, this movie is little more than an empty shell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2012
Chbosky creates a rich and authentic portrait of high-school bohemians, searching for freedom in the stifling environment of adolescent conformity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2012
The notoriously-perilous journey through late adolescence is at the heart of this ambitious child-to-adult drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2012
Chbosky directs the movie with the care and conviction of someone who knows that this is his big story being told once and for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2012
Whether or not the problems of these upper-middle-class, arty, would-be hipsters reflect your own teen experience, there is a kind of unmistakable genius in the way it taps the universal heightened reality of adolescence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2012
Seek out the infinitely superior The Myth of the American Sleepover for an original and moving take on similar material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2012
The movie has its moments of soap-opera excitement, but it has all the substance of a teenage strop, and none of the energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2012
A perky comedy with a few high-flying perceptions, mostly licensed to Watson, who acts with the freedom of a Hogwarts escapee who has finally outrun the dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2012
Teenage wallflowers, past and present alike, will feel tingles of recognition, and pure pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2012
It's over-familiar stuff and the characters talk in pretentious teen speak ("I feel infinite") but scenes and characters linger in the memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2012
Chbosky brings genuine feeling to his variation on teenage angst and unrequited love, developing soulful characters and a funny but melancholy narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 3, 2012
A coming-of-age film for the ages, Perks will charm even ardent cynics, with a rousing script, breathless soundtrack, and three stunning performances, particularly from the enormously talented Ezra Miller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2012
(The movie is) set in 1991, in a small town where high school culture is a John Hughes movie, with all the confusion, '80s music and hip ennui that implies.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 3, 2012
The real strength of the film though lies in its authenticity. There are many scenes, characters, details and interactions that you'll swear have been lifted from your very own adolescent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 3, 2012
It's quite sweet, quite funny and quite moving. There's just not enough of anything for it to really work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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