• Released
  • September 21, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 42 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 2,524 Fan Ratings
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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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...
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88

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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

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A heartfelt but rather generic coming-of-age dramedy.
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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
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Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Book-based drama for mature teens tackles tough subjects.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF