If I Stay


If I Stay

Critics 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.



Total Count: 138


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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

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Aisha Hinds
as Nurse Ramirez
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
David Orth
as Surgeon for Driver
Annabel Kershaw
as Wife of Driver
Toby Hargrave
as Mosh Pit Oaf
John Shaw
as Music Aficionado
Michael D. Adamthwaite
as Security Guard
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 (138) | Top Critics (37)

  • 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.

    Sep 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.

    Sep 4, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If I Stay is a teenage drama so soppy it needs to be wrung out every ten minutes.

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

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's interesting to make a driven young female the focus of the narrative, but the cloying narcissism on display will soon have sane people - of all ages - wanting to give up the ghost.

    Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The great Young Adult Allowance Grab continues.

    Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic

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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