The Perks of Being a Wallflower Synopsis
Friends try to help an introverted teenager (Logan Lerman) become more sociable.
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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Perks of Being a Wallflower finds an unexpectedly moving freshness in the old clichés by remaining attentive to the nuances of what...
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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...
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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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Perks deserves points for going beyond the typical coming-of-age drivel aimed at teens.
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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...
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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...
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By Mark Jenkins
It's populated by characters who are just too good to be plausible.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A heartfelt but rather generic coming-of-age dramedy.
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And In That Moment I Swear I Was Infinite

By nycgirl223
This is one of the best books I have read and this movie was the best adaptation that it could possibly be. I loved it! This movie will make you laugh and cry. I just can't even put into words how...

Best Book to Movie

By mrs.capt.kirk51
This was a great movie, a wonderful coming of age story. It is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen, probably due to the author of the book also being the screen writer and...

Better than the book

By NYPerson1
I thought the book was a little too cute and contrived. But, on the screen, the story really opens up and all of the actors give solid performances. I almost didn't recognize Joan Cusack--who...


By illusiognarly
infinite... that's what this movie will be. A new cult classic! Charlies journey to find himself is a wonderful uplifting struggle against the days of high school i was instantly transported to the...

Great Movie! Great Performances.

By sparkvark111
I just saw the movie today and it was very well put together. Everyone’s performances where top notch and very genuine. Some of the situations in the book where presented very subtlety for the film...

the perks of being a wallflower

By carterdonna55
Really good movie which has some really fun moments along with some very emotionally charged scenes. This movie covers a lot of material. I was rather surprised with some of the material covered....

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

By windsurgen
Feel good movie about the trials of teenage life, and being on the fringe.Watson and Miller do a very good job. Leeman's role is tough.....but he pulls it off with a solid performance. Extensive,...

A breathtaking and real film

By rockraines30
I took my daughter's to see a special screening last night because they both read the book and loved it. So my expectations going in were really unknown, but as for my daughter's they were sky high!...

Kate's Movie Ratings

By khaggart
Anyone who has ever stood against the gym wall during a school dance will relate to this movie. I loved it - I was honestly surprised at how good it was. The characters were perfectly cast and the...


By WatchItandReviewIt
Logan Lerman needs an Oscar for this. The movie needs tons of Oscars for this. Perks of Being a Wallflower is by far the best book to movie adaptation I have ever seen. The acting is amazing. The...

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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual References, Mature Thematic Material, A Fight, Drug and Alcohol Use, All Involving Teens and Sexual Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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