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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 17 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Perks deserves points for going beyond the typical coming-of-age drivel aimed at teens. show more

  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower hurts. It hurts because it depicts the loneliness, anxiety and all-out quivering mess of adolescence in a manner not often seen since John Hughes' heyday. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Unlike most films about teenagers, the performances are happy-sad-realistic. Lerman, who plays the least expressive of the three principals, does a fine job at suggesting the active inner life of an externally inexpressive youth. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Lerman is suited to the title role in that he plays Charlie as wide-eyed and rather unmemorable. Watson doesn't seem entirely relaxed as an American teen, though she does serve as a lovely first crush. Among the adults making brief but notable appearances is Paul Rudd, as a sympathetic English teacher. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A heartfelt but rather generic coming-of-age dramedy. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It offers the rare pleasure of an author directing his own book, and doing it well. No one who loves the book will complain about the movie, and especially not about its near-ideal casting. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The acting is first-rate, and remarkably there's no sense that the sometimes tough material (which barely skirts an R rating) has been watered down to make it more palatable for a wider audience. I just wish Chbosky had changed that terrible title for the movie. show more

  • February 23, 2013 tmrespn
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    very good movie

  • February 16, 2013 Sensei Dave
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    Very good movie, Glad I bought the DVD, I will watch it again soon.

  • January 06, 2013 eu00000000133973
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    This was suprisingly a good movie, although it had some content I could have done without, it had a very good story line, mixed with a good cast of actors. I enjoyed the film.

  • December 27, 2012 hb00000000134003
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    Great movie, good story, great young actors. really loved it, I will watch it again

  • November 10, 2012 pdsnyder123
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    loved it ~~~ took me back to the 70\'s~~ the actors worked well together

  • November 01, 2012 tenslittlepiggy
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    Absolutely beautiful.

  • October 27, 2012 jjtrev
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    one of the best films that i have seen in years. A few things might have stretched reality, but the message was still on target. just loved it

  • October 26, 2012 doggylova495
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    Absolutely fabulous. All of the actors did a phenomenal job at portraying their characters. The movie was to the T exact to the book. Inspiring, funny, and true. It will make you laugh, cry, and fall out of your chair laughing. I definitely recommend this movie to everyone.

  • October 22, 2012 mrymroberts
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    Started out slow but picked up nicely. Enjoyed the story. It had something to say.

  • October 14, 2012 dz00000000130995
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    I liked this movie. Ezra Miller in particular was excellent. The story, thankfully, cut short the \"new guy gets bullied by the football players\" and in general the story kept my attention. Interesting conclusion.


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