If I Stay (2014) - Rotten Tomatoes

If I Stay (2014)



Critic Consensus: 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.

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Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. "If I Stay" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name. (c) Warner Bros
PG-13 (for thematic elements and some sexual material)
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Stacy Keach
as Gramps
Aisha Hinds
as Nurse Ramirez
Gabrielle Rose
as Grandma
Christine Willes
as Nurse Davis
Sarah Grey
as Cute Groupie
Aliyah O'Brien
as Female EMT
Paul Jarrett
as Surgeon
Giles Panton
as Teddy's Surgeon
Dave Collette
as Orderly
David Orth
as Surgeon for Driver
Annabel Kershaw
as Wife of Driver
Toby Hargrave
as Mosh Pit Oaf
Primo Allon
as Punker
John Shaw
as Music Aficionado
Michael D. Adamthwaite
as Security Guard
Jameson Trenholm
as Skeleton
Donnie MacNeil
as Cool Rocker Guy
Genevieve Buechner
as Cute Groupie #2
Elisa King
as Autograph Girl
Brett Wise
as Bartender
Steven Jeays
as High Five Guy
Boyd Ferguson
as Orderly #2
Heidi Ford
as Mia Stunt Double
Sylvestra Stuart
as Securtiy Guard #2
George Boutros
as Stunt Dude #1
Kevin Haaland
as Stunt Dude #2
Ben Klassen
as Williamette Stone Band
Ryan Stephenson
as Williamette Stone Band
Tom Vanderkam
as Williamette Stone Band
Tony Dubroy
as Bassist for Nasty Bruises
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Critic Reviews for If I Stay

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (34)

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

[Moretz's] grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable.

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for If I Stay

A shameless melodrama that follows The Lovely Bones as another schmaltzy teenage life-and-death crap, full of unbearable exposition and corny lines, painfully interminable and downright manipulative, trying to make us cry at all costs with every cliché imaginable.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Okay, I'll admit it, I was one of many sniffling in the cinema. Moving look at first love and loss. Though it's aimed at a teen audience, I suspect many older women would enjoy this too. Chloe Grace Moretz is excellent in this role as an 18 year old aspiring cello player who falls in love with a rock musician. Her ex rocker parents are also good characters and well cast. Then comes the car crash which takes everything away and perhaps even her life. Really wasn't sure I would like this, but I did. Nicely done.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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