The Perks of Being a Wallflower Reviews

  • A graceful and beguiling drama adapted from Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel ...

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Likable, unsurprising and principally a showcase for the pretty young cast, notably Mr. Miller, who brings texture to his witty if sensitive gay quipster.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • This somewhat disjointed but refreshingly earnest movie ultimately establishes itself as a charmer.

    Jen Chaney — Washington Post

  • "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" finds an unexpectedly moving freshness in the old cliches by remaining attentive to the nuances of what happens within and between unhappy teenagers.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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.

    Karina Longworth — Village Voice

  • Screenwriter/director Chbosky deserves credit for insisting on adapting a story he knows best, and he takes a heartfelt, if hardly visionary, approach.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • I found the ultimate 'statement' of Wallflower to be a humane and encouraging one that the movie manages to deliver without getting overly precious.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • All of my previous selves still survive somewhere inside of me, and my previous adolescent would have loved "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • As a director, Chbosky mirrors his central character's emotional state.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • "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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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."

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower" captures the phenomenon of high school with all the tenderness and horror it deserves.

    Laremy Legel —

  • Well-soaked in the familiar brine of teen sensitivity.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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