The Grade Book: “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”








The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Plot: A shy high school freshman is taken under the wing of two seniors, one a girl he falls in love with and the other her outgoing step-brother. 

Director: Stephen Chbosky. 

Writer: Stephen Chbosky. 

Cast: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Paul Rudd. 

Genre: Drama, Romance. 

Running Time: 1 hour and 43 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a heartwarming and beautiful film about adolescence, with relatable characters and situations. The performances are top-notch and the writing and direction are also praiseworthy.



  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: A+

Perfection. Such a well thought out film. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Top-notch performances and a killer screenplay. Easily a film that can cater to anyone. It is memorable and definitely worth your hard earned cash.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B+

One of the nicest surprises of the year.

  • Daniel Hollis:

Grade: B+

A lovely coming of age tale filled with earned sentiment and an array of wonderful characters. Often brought down, though, by its self-indulgence in its independent routes and occasional predictability, but yet it still manages to be a truly heartwarming experience.

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: A+

A movie that is shockingly relatable, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and overall one of my personal favorites of 2012. An absolute MUST-SEE.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: A

This is easily one of my favorite films of the year. The storyline is heartfelt and realistic, the performances are top-notch (especially by the three leads: Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman), and the film leaves you feeling moved and touched. This is a film that I feel so many people can relate to because each character is different, which leads any audience member to be able to connect with at least one of these characters.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: A

Initially, I was going to give this film a perfect A+ (which is really rare for me), but after dwelling on it, I realized that a few moments felt formulaic and a few others could have used a bit more clarity. Still, this is a beautiful coming-of-age story, and a film I was more emotionally-invested in than any other film in years. The performances are flawless (with a scene-stealing Ezra Miller), and the writing and direction (by the book’s author) are remarkable. The cinematography and soundtrack (the best one I’ve heard since Drive) also add to the film’s quality. This is a must-see, and something that young adults are likely to praise for many years to come.

  • Brandt Sohn:

Grade: A+

Every once in a while a film comes along that is so true that anyone and everyone can connect with the story, and this is that film. The performances were outstanding. I was emotionally invested with the storyline and I didn’t want it to end. It is just a well-made film. The direction, writing…everything is top-notch and the soundtrack is perfect for this film. I think this is one of the most realistic high school movies ever made and a film that everyone needs to see. This is easily one of the best films I’ve seen all year.

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