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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 7, 2012
What exactly are the perks of being a wallflower? Chbosky's as short on answers as he is on vowels.
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
September 19, 2012
The greatest perk of being a real Wallflower is that at least you don't get stuck watching a movie about one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Levin
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Henry Barnes
September 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
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.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
November 29, 2012
Something's missing in this film. It just feels constructed and flat. And I found the casting uninspired as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
September 7, 2012
Heartfelt but rather generic.
Brian Orndorf
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: C
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 14, 2012
Boasts one of 2012's best live-wire performances in the form of Ezra Miller's exuberantly gay high school senior.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 4, 2012
Rings inauthentic throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 13, 2012
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.
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2012
A risible, somewhat revolting piece of pop martyrdom, made for and isolated to the damaged middle class.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
November 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
September 28, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
September 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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September 20, 2012
It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
September 21, 2012
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.
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