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Although Chloë Grace Moretz gives it her all and the story adds an intriguing supernatural twist to its melodramatic YA framework, If I Stay is ultimately more manipulative than moving. Read critic reviews

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Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz), a talented young cellist, thought the most difficult decision she would ever have to make would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at prestigious Juilliard or follow her heart to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley), a rock singer/guitarist. However, a car wreck changes everything in an instant, and now Mia's life hangs in the balance. Suspended between life and death, Mia faces a choice that will decide her future.

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  • If I Stay is the best when it focuses on its characters and relationships. Everything else is somewhat extraneous.

    January 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The title refers to Mia's fraught decision-should she cling to existence or just give up?-and, well before the end, even loyal viewers will be begging her to hurry up and choose.

    September 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.

    September 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It sounds mawkish as hell, but director RJ Cutler reads his target teen audience well, crediting them with more intelligence and resilience than one might expect.

    August 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's no The Fault in Our Stars, but it's not a complete dud either. That will have to do.

    August 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The yuckiness here comes from a manipulative and sugary screenplay that makes even the terminally lachrymose The Fault in Our Stars seem dry and restrained by comparison.

    August 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for If I Stay

  • Feb 02, 2016
    If I was an undiscriminating 12 year old girl, I might give this a higher score. Bad script, written by someone who lacks life experiences (or so it seems). Wasted talent. I also love how Adam (the musician love interest who claims the Ramones were a big influence, yet you can't hear it in his music) only has to play a song to bring her back, but her little brother struggling doesn't. Enough plot holes to think someone shotgun blasted it. Maybe they did.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2015
    Melodrama has been defined and filmed from the inception of this medium, to now. It has often been attributed to the interests of women, sometimes even being called a "women's film." Some would argue that there's good melodrama ("Terms of Endearment," "Random Harvest.") and bad melodrama ("Lifetime" movies). This film falls into the latter, trying to merge supernatural romance and melodrama. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/9/17/if-i-stay
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2015
    So sad, yet beautiful. I wasn't a fan of the ending.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2015
    I couldn't even stay to watch the ending of this movie, she took way to long to make a decision!
    Film C Super Reviewer

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