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  • Summary: 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 inMia 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. [Warner Bros. Pictures] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 36
  2. Negative: 6 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Aug 21, 2014
    83
    While I think If I Stay has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned.
  2. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Aug 21, 2014
    63
    Even at its most wrenchingly painful, the film readily delivers generous dollops of pleasure.
  3. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Sep 1, 2014
    60
    The saddest thing about If I Stay is that it affords Moretz so little opportunity to be non-sad.
  4. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 20, 2014
    50
    Few genuine moments throw into even sharper relief the tedious trappings which surround this, your average teenage tragedy.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 20, 2014
    42
    Child actors can have a tough time transitioning into adult careers, their charm often evaporating with the onset of puberty. But for Chloë Grace Moretz, the trouble isn’t growing pains; she’s just overqualified for the roles Hollywood tends to offer young women her age.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 21, 2014
    40
    The problem is that almost everything in the film feels either forced or false, so the tears aren't earned.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Lawson
    Aug 21, 2014
    25
    The film, based on the novel by Gayle Forman, is an almost deliberate confirmation of Alison Bechdel's claim that women in film are so often shown only in relation to men.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 36
  2. Negative: 18 out of 36
  1. Jan 10, 2015
    10
    this movie was amazing sure the book is better but come on it's a movie it's never going to be just as good as the book but I got to saidthis movie was amazing sure the book is better but come on it's a movie it's never going to be just as good as the book but I got to said again it was amazing. This movie had me in tears just like the book. All I want to know is will there be sequel. The second book: "Where she went" was even better than the second one. There's got to be a second movie too. Expand
  2. Aug 22, 2014
    7
    It was alright, actually, the novel are goods, but dosen't add up alright in the movie. The cast was not great, except Chloë Moretz role inIt was alright, actually, the novel are goods, but dosen't add up alright in the movie. The cast was not great, except Chloë Moretz role in it. The plot were 60/100 but ahh, i felt there is something missing though.... Can't tell what the f--- it is... -_- Expand
  3. Nov 29, 2014
    6
    At the start, it was a wave of tranquility. The main actress, Chloe, did an average job and yet, she suited it well. Can't say the same aboutAt the start, it was a wave of tranquility. The main actress, Chloe, did an average job and yet, she suited it well. Can't say the same about the guy(boyfriend) though. What an emotionless zombie even until the end. Not as passionate as I expected them to be. But seeing as I am a girl who still believes in all the emotional love-is-forever crap, I've got to admit it was an undeniably moving story(teared up during a few scenes). However, the ending was definitely **** There better be a sequel coming up!! Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    3
    If I Stay is like a third-rate The Fault in Our Stars; it's sappy and manipulative, but in the worst ways. It's cheesy, derivative, andIf I Stay is like a third-rate The Fault in Our Stars; it's sappy and manipulative, but in the worst ways. It's cheesy, derivative, and ridiculous, even on a "12 year old girl tearjerker" level. Chloë Grace Moretz is a good actress and will have a great career, but the guy in the movie can't act for his life.

    The one good thing about this movie (and I mean the only one whatsoever) was the cello repertoire. As a cellist, I can say that Mia's fingerings on the cello and the way she played were technically right (which is surprising for a movie like this), and the pieces played in the movie were very prestigious and nice to listen to.

    Overall, this movie was tedious, cheesy, and clichéd to the max, and even the girl I went with hated it. That's saying something. Even if you like movies in this genre, avoid it at all costs.
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  5. Sep 23, 2014
    2
    Chloe sucks at choosing her roles to many remakes she did, and The Equalizer look's like a remake of Taxi Driver (1976). Taken. And If I StayChloe sucks at choosing her roles to many remakes she did, and The Equalizer look's like a remake of Taxi Driver (1976). Taken. And If I Stay has the worst ending it is really bad. Expand
  6. Aug 29, 2014
    1
    If I Stay is loaded with amateur flaws, and it isn’t a film so much as it is a theatrical release of a made-for-TV After School Special. AndIf I Stay is loaded with amateur flaws, and it isn’t a film so much as it is a theatrical release of a made-for-TV After School Special. And even then, there isn’t anything special about it. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2014
    0
    BARBRA STREISAND - song - The Way We Were.

    Mem'ries, Light the corners of my mind Misty water-colored memories Of the way we were
    BARBRA STREISAND - song - The Way We Were.

    Mem'ries,
    Light the corners of my mind
    Misty water-colored memories
    Of the way we were
    Scattered pictures,
    Of the smiles we left behind
    Smiles we gave to one another
    For the way we were
    Can it be that it was all so simple then?
    Or has time re-written every line?
    If we had the chance to do it all again
    Tell me, would we? Could we?
    Mem'ries, may be beautiful and yet
    What's too painful to remember
    We simply choose to forget
    So it's the laughter
    We will remember
    Whenever we remember...
    The way we were...
    The way we were...
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