Author Stephen Chbosky adapts his own best-selling novel about a withdrawn teen who attempts to remain hopeful for the future while dreading every day of the present. Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and Logan Lerman star.
3 stars out of 4 — “Chbosky’s compassion for his characters is absent any hint of condescension. And that’s reflected in performances that leave the feeling you’ve seen something good and true.” (Rolling Stone)
“The depiction of the feverish exchange of cultural currency among the young — the meticulously curated mixtapes, the minutely calibrated register of hip bands, books and films — is vividly realised.” (Sight and Sound)
4 stars out of 5 — “[A] sweet surprise, a funny, touching terrific and quite wonderful movie that gets it all right about the joys and heartbreaks of growing up circa 1991.” (Box Office)
3.5 stars out of 4 — “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 movie, and especially not about its near-ideal casting.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
3 stars out of 5 — “[With] a great performance from Lerman, who plays an introvert character with charm and vulnerability.” (Total Film)