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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)



Critic Consensus: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartfelt and sincere adaptation that's bolstered by strong lead performances.

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Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a modern classic that captures the dizzying highs and crushing lows of growing up. Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope-and the unforgettable friends that help us through life. -- (C) Summit

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Logan Lerman
as Charlie
Ezra Miller
as Patrick
Mae Whitman
as Mary Elizabeth
Kate Walsh
as Mother
Nina Dobrev
as Candace
Paul Rudd
as Mr. Anderson
Joan Cusack
as Dr. Burton
Melanie Lynskey
as Aunt Helen
Tom Savini
as Mr. Callahan
Leo Miles Farmerie
as 7-Year-Old Charlie
Isabel Muschweck
as 9-Year-Old Candace
Nicholas Braun
as Ponytail Derek
Jordan Paley
as Rocky MC
Patrick De Ledebur
as Senior Bully
Brian Balzerini
as Linebacker
Tom Kruszewski
as Nose Tackle
Emily Callaway
as Mean Freshman Girl
Chelsea Zhang
as Shakespeare Girl
Jesse Scheirer
as Freshman Boy
Julie Schaefer
as Twin Girl
Mark McClain Wilson
as Emergency Room Policeman
Atticus Cain
as Emergency Room Doctor
Stacy Chbosky
as Young Mom
Laurie Klatscher
as School Principal
Jennifer Enskat
as Sam's Mom
Morgan Wolk
as Candace's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

All Critics (164) | Top Critics (46)

Even making allowances for a certain amount of Hollywood gloss, there's something wrong with a film about misfits where everyone is this good-looking and poised.

November 29, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Perks seems like the work of a much more experienced director, maintaining fidelity to the source material without sacrificing any cinematic qualities, triggering genuine sentimentality and nostalgia through interaction between sound and image.

October 9, 2012 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Chbosky directs the movie with the care and conviction of someone who knows that this is his big story being told once and for all.

October 5, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sensitive teens and their older kin who pine for the '90s may want to take it for a spin on the dance floor.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Regardless of the viewer's proximity to his or her own high school experience, "Perks" seems to get it right, precisely because it's not about a specific time or place.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Seek out the infinitely superior The Myth of the American Sleepover for an original and moving take on similar material.

October 4, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Perks of Being a Wallflower


While a toast to those surviving not-fitting-in while in high school and to nerds everywhere, this is at heart basically a message film warning about what it is in life that makes outsiders feel the way that they do (i.e. usually victimization). Take away the message and what remains is another coming-of-age drama, one decently actualized. Expect lots of classic rock dance tunes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Dealing with the problems of approaching adulthood in high school, friendship, love and a whole bunch of themes more could make for a horribly dry or self-important film. This one has its pretentious moments that make you wonder if there ever were three friends with such a glamorous gang doing such "crazy" things. But overall it works, thanks to a script that is taking its characters and their problems seriously without forgetting the humor. It also helps that the young actors are excellent, even Lerman who was mostly really dull in other films. There are moments of genuine truth, catching the hopes, fears and opportunity of adolescence rather perfectly, and a pretty surprising twist towards the end, that thankfully doesn't ruin the film's ultimately optimistic attitude. Viewed at the right age this could be a long-time companion, much like the friends in the movie. Well done.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A beautifully sad yet brilliant masterpiece. I might have preferred a little more depth to my characters rather than simply scratching the surface. But wonderfully powerful with a great young cast. Emma Watson excelled in this role!

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Film Crazy

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