Before I Fall Reviews

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March 8, 2017
Director Ry Russo-Young seems genuinely interested in tapping into these characters and reminding us what fresh hell adolescence brings each day, but the material resists her.
March 6, 2017
There's little that the director, Ry Russo-Young, can do with the material's sentimental thinness, but she does something nonetheless ...
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March 3, 2017
Being spineless is its own form of evil, yet Russo-Young makes Samantha such a languid, lovely waif that you forgive her as soon as she smiles.
March 3, 2017
Deutch's naturalistic performance grounds the various layers of the story in a manner that keeps it from becoming either boring or wildly unrealistic.
March 3, 2017
It takes a mediocre movie like Before I Fall to illustrate how brilliant Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day is.
March 3, 2017
Before I Fall would do better to understand its corrupted little angels before it tries to teach them something.
March 3, 2017
A story aimed primarily at teen and tween girls, one that doesn't pander or preach and avoids over-villainizing its characters, even if a clich or two sneaks in.
March 3, 2017
While it's far from subtle getting there, "Before I Fall" sticks its landing in its final moments. And what could have been a forgettable teen drama leaves a lasting impression.
March 3, 2017
A collision of sci-fi, drama and horror, "Before I Fall" earns points for ambition.
March 2, 2017
Boasting themes that are both cerebral and philosophical, Before I Fall is a young-adult thriller that goes far beyond the surface level.
March 2, 2017
Russo-Young embraces girl culture without condescending to it. That's enough to carry you over the sappy hurdles and lift Before I Fall above the YA herd. It's a small comfort, but we'll take it.
March 2, 2017
To those who, like me, are ever so slightly beyond the young-adult cohort, it may seem silly and derivative but sometimes affecting as well, a high-school pageant version of The Pilgrim's Progress."
March 2, 2017
Director Ry Russo-Young and screenwriter Maria Maggenti (adapting Lauren Oliver's book) find plenty of sincere emotion and stylish suspense amidst the melodrama and expected platitudes.
March 2, 2017
A teen melodrama that's steeped in clichs but still has an unexpectedly poignant message.
March 2, 2017
A fine actress, Deutch makes a compelling and empathetic protagonist, even as the story veers closer into the supernatural.
March 2, 2017
The main characters are high school bullies, but director Ry-Russo Young refuses to stereotype them; they can be sweet and endearing one moment, petty and cruel the next, but their motivation is always clear.
March 2, 2017
The filmmakers have crafted a canny delivery system for their life lessons, by way of a movie that balances escapism, candor and ethics with admirable aplomb.
March 2, 2017
Takes an unapologetically silly conceit and wrings from it a surprisingly nimble and affecting survey of contemporary teenage attitudes and anxieties.
March 2, 2017
While Before I Fall might not be for every grown-up - for starters, those put off by the word "bae"- it does work for teens looking for authenticity and a high-concept story that reflects their insular world.
March 2, 2017
It says something about Deutch's appeal that she does manage to pull the story from the vexing hole it digs itself into.
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