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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: 8 out of 34
  2. Negative: 18 out of 34
  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. Dec 7, 2014
    6
    The talent in the movie has been used right before, but not here. A film that is this depressing, at least needs a believable cast, or properThe talent in the movie has been used right before, but not here. A film that is this depressing, at least needs a believable cast, or proper direction. Expand
  3. Dec 20, 2014
    5
    This is pretty forgettable movie with forgettable characters, forgettable story I'd like to forget (Richard Roeper reference). But yeah reallyThis is pretty forgettable movie with forgettable characters, forgettable story I'd like to forget (Richard Roeper reference). But yeah really nothing in this movie is memorable whatsoever. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2014
    2
    Why, Chloe Grace Moretz enjoy making horrible movies with terrible production value? Does she get some kind of sick pleasure out of it ?, itWhy, Chloe Grace Moretz enjoy making horrible movies with terrible production value? Does she get some kind of sick pleasure out of it ?, it is another stupid remake of Chloe, this movie is The Lovely Bones from (2009) Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2014
    2
    If I stay is a trashy teen movie that has zero chemistry between its leads. It takes forever to get the ball rolling and just when you thinkIf I stay is a trashy teen movie that has zero chemistry between its leads. It takes forever to get the ball rolling and just when you think it was turning around, it provides you with a terrible ending to seal the deal. If I stay is nothing but a sappy, manipulative, cheesy film that even teenagers should find ridiculous. Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2014
    1
    The movie is to long and the ending was really bad, i prefer seeing that her family is happy that she is alive, but no this is the worstThe movie is to long and the ending was really bad, i prefer seeing that her family is happy that she is alive, but no this is the worst ending i seen in a movie. 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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