If I Stay Reviews

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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 4, 2014
Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.
August 29, 2014
If I Stay is a teenage drama so soppy it needs to be wrung out every ten minutes.
August 29, 2014
For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.
August 29, 2014
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.
August 28, 2014
The great Young Adult Allowance Grab continues.
August 22, 2014
The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay.
August 22, 2014
You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary.
August 22, 2014
[Moretz's] grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable.
August 22, 2014
If I Stay is true to principle in one significant regard: It makes no concessions to anyone outside its teenage female cohort.
August 22, 2014
Moretz has a nicely calibrated energy and intensity, and the teen romance ups-and-downs of Mia and Adam's relationship - are they really soul mates, or will he drop her when the right groupie shambles along? - feel authentically OMG-ish.
August 21, 2014
Plays like a high school version of 'Ghost.'
August 21, 2014
"If I Stay" shuttles between lachrymose developments at the hospital and a series of flashbacks that detail the Mia-Adam relationship. Not surprisingly, the romance is where you want to be.
August 21, 2014
What works for readers, left free to produce their own versions of fantasy devices, can be gigglesome for audiences confronted with a film's prefab literalism.
August 21, 2014
A cleanly directed, credibly acted machine for the production of tears.
August 21, 2014
This overlong adaptation of Gayle Forman's popular young adult novel manages to make the usually effervescent Moretz seem dull.
August 21, 2014
Maybe on the page this all seems less ridiculous.
August 21, 2014
If you're not in tears by this movie's end, it probably wasn't intended for you anyway.
August 21, 2014
It's a tough balancing act melding dewy-eyed teen romance with family tragedy, and harder still to weave in rousing rock performances and gorgeous classical music. If I Stay ambitiously tries to fuse it all and occasionally succeeds.
August 21, 2014
"If I Stay" just barely makes the B honor roll, despite a fine job by dark-indie darling Chlo Grace Moretz in her mainstream breakout performance.
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