If I Stay Reviews

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April 5, 2019
Hollywood feeding the cash cow. I know it, but I don't have to like it....or the maddening mess of a movie that is IF I STAY.
February 27, 2019
While she [Chloë Grace Moretz] is consistently strong throughout and is more than capable of carrying the film, the material bogs her down at moments with its tendency towards the mawkish and its obvious pitfalls.
January 11, 2019
Overall, we feel like we're being told a story...rather than being immersed in an experience. Moretz pours heart and soul into her self-immersed character, but this isn't quite enough to make If I Stay work on other levels.
December 11, 2018
The story's naïveté is matched only by its dullness.
August 31, 2018
The audience's conflict is whether or not to stay awake.
November 28, 2017
There's really only one hole in this film ... but that one hole is crippling. Make Adam a bit less of an immature jerk, and If I Stay becomes a sweet little movie with a broad appeal.
November 8, 2017
Two sins -- emotional button pushing and fantasy pandering -- loom large in this visualisation of the 2009 bestseller by Gayle Forman.
September 8, 2017
This venture feels slightly contrived.
August 17, 2017
The film's tone can't seem to find a footing as the seriousness of Mia's family's situation in the hospital is juxtaposed with the pseudo-dramas of teenage love.
August 4, 2017
For long stretches, [If I Stay] seems like a TV pilot for a WB show that, rightfully, did not get picked up.
April 14, 2016
[Laps] itself in a race towards tastelessness that no one asked it to run.
February 29, 2016
The problem with this film is its languorous style and overwhelming use of a soppy atmosphere.
February 28, 2016
If I Stay proves another trite tale belittling its earned emotion with misguided adolescent fantasy.
July 31, 2015
A true middle-of-the-road effort, provoking neither scorn nor admiration
September 30, 2014
If I Stay never explains whether Mia's is a special case or if everyone who hovers between life and death has that decision to make. And if it's the latter, does that mean your gramps and meemaw simply didn't love you enough to stick around?
September 21, 2014
The only way "If I Stay" could make me cry would be if I had to watch it again.
September 20, 2014
Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c'mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind.
September 15, 2014
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 5, 2014
... a manipulative tearjerker that feels more contrived than authentic and more heavy-handed than profound.
September 4, 2014
Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.
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