If I Stay Reviews

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May 25, 2019
Disappointingly little of the rock and classical music shot through the novel is utilised; instead clichéd scoring, familiar dialogue and minimal chemistry between Moretz and Blackley renders Cutler's film far less engaging than its source material.
February 1, 2019
What makes "If I Stay" a pleasant surprise is Moretz. She is so convincing here, delivering a performance that overcomes the moments when the film could have easily spiraled into Lifetime movie-level melodrama.
January 29, 2019
While If I Stay hopefully teaches no one lessons about romance, it does teach something beautiful about love.
August 24, 2018
Overall the film manages to hold it's own and give constant romantic & funny contrast in story, much like the two opposite musical worlds Mia and Adam inhabit.
November 14, 2017
Moretz manages to convey some of the delicate and bittersweet shades of love and romance with a maturity that prevents the movie from becoming a sob-fest. Therefore, the story moves at a brisk pace.
January 9, 2017
If I Stay is the best when it focuses on its characters and relationships. Everything else is somewhat extraneous.
September 1, 2014
...a decent adaptation that could've been just a little bit better.
September 1, 2014
Based on the Gayle Forman novel, this teen weepie is wrenchingly emotional and packed with girly fantasies.
August 31, 2014
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 29, 2014
Traverses potential minefields of romance movie melodrama with precision and clarity.
August 29, 2014
Honest, emotional teen melodrama with a great performance by Chlo Grace Moretz that serves as a beautiful metaphor for the choices that teen girls face.
August 29, 2014
The film is entertaining, but undemanding. It offers no twists, nor surprises. It plays out like a road map where every stop and turn is clearly marked.
August 29, 2014
For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.
August 28, 2014
While there is tragedy at its centre, it's also about the power of love - among family, friends and lovers.
August 28, 2014
Incurable romantics will find it a polished and superior weepie that is earnest in its intentions and largely successful in its execution.
August 28, 2014
If I Stay doesn't rate as highly on the hanky-meter as The Fault In Our Stars but, goddammit, it's trying.
August 26, 2014
Cynical and sentimental it may be but it still packs a punch.
August 23, 2014
If 'Begin Again' and 'Just Like Heaven' were to reproduce, their offspring would be 'If I Stay,' a solid drama that's as much about understanding what's important in life as it is about falling in love.
August 23, 2014
The best tissue-ready feel-good family film about dying you'll see all August. Is there anything Ms. Moretz can't do on-screen?
August 22, 2014
If I Stay's blend of teen romance and supernatural melodrama doesn't break the YA mold, but it's a decent addition to the genre nonetheless.
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