If I Stay Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
January 9, 2017
If I Stay is the best when it focuses on its characters and relationships. Everything else is somewhat extraneous.
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