100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is tough-minded: It zeroes in on Patrick's anger at dating a closeted football star, and it doesn't let Charlie off the hook for his cruelty or self-pity.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Perks of Being a Wallflower finds an unexpectedly moving freshness in the old clich├ęs by remaining attentive to the nuances of what happens within and between unhappy teenagers.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Perks deserves points for going beyond the typical coming-of-age drivel aimed at teens.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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55

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

A heartfelt but rather generic coming-of-age dramedy.
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67 out of 100
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