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Reviews: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose
    • Excerpt: Stephen Chbosky’s recollections, based on his acclaimed novel, make for a more mature remembrance of these years and a surprisingly engrossing drama, mostly free of cliché and melodrama.
  • Jason Bailey @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: For much of its running time, Stepehn Chbosky’s ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ is a very fine film indeed, a smart and knowing portrait of (first) high school alienation, and (then) of finding a home among the like-minded. It creates distinctive and complicated characters, tells a compelling story, and creates tensions and conflicts of classical storytelling. And then it just falls apart.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Boasts one of 2012’s best live-wire performances in the form of Ezra Miller’s exuberantly gay high school senior.
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @ SpiritualityandPractice.com
    • Excerpt: The rousing coming-of-age journey of a shy, smart, and sensitive high-school freshman who emerges from his shell to savor life.
  • Enrique Buchichio @ Cartelera.com.uy [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Si viviéramos en otra época, podría llegar a ser un fenómeno de masas como lo fueron en su momento El graduado o La sociedad de los poetas muertos. La película le habla a una generación con honestidad y emoción, pero sin pretender ser un retrato generacional.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: …it’s Miller’s movie – he’s an original, unafraid to let his freak flag fly and his presence is exhilarating.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It has a sense of timelessness.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: The best perks of Perks come from the ragtag band of young actors, particularly Ezra Miller’s theatrical Patrick, exhibiting a giddy, anarchic teen spirit that masks a most profound sorrow.
  • Panagiotis (Takis) Gkaris @ moviesltd.gr
    • Excerpt: Perks’ resolution seems like it was abruptly patched together with material out of a downer drama, with slurring camera movements filled with angst as if this decent but unspectacular psychological study had to end with a bang.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Earnest and eclectic, the innate compassion of Stephen Chbosky’s young adult novel elevates it far above other coming-of-age dramas.
  • Daniel Kelly @ eFilmCritic
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ gives us three characters that are so heartfelt, so full of absolute emotional immediacy, that they nearly keep us on the verge of tears throughout the entire film, no matter how happy or sad the scene at hand may be. That’s a difficult thing to capture, and a magnificent thing to experience.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: …most of us fit into a behavioral model that is better represented in Stephen Chbosky’s stellar debut “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: Like a fuzzy Polaroid snapshot, The Perks of Being a Wallflower etches a glowing portrait of powerful sense memory.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a rare and glorious joy, a movie that knows the fear and confusion of the years between childhood and adulthood, a time that is about growing up and discovering the mysteries of life, which are so much more interesting than superpowers or American pies.
  • [New – 5/30] | Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: You might want to check your pulse if you are not moved by the themes and characters in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Kent Turner @ Film-Forward.com
  • Phil Villarreal @ OK Magazine
    • Excerpt: The greatest perk of being a real Wallflower is that at least you don’t get stuck watching a movie about one.
  • Ed Whitfield @ The Ooh Tray
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: There are hookups, breakups, misunderstandings, and revelations, but nothing much happens. “These Are the Best Days of Our Life,” seems to be the film’s thematic nut, which is awfully thin stuff on which to hang even a coming-of-age dramedy.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:03 am

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