If I Stay

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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

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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: 7 out of 38
  2. Negative: 19 out of 38
  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 20, 2015
    7
    If I Stay (2014) was a fairly good movie. For the most part the film was nicely done, but on many items it fell short of coming through. If IIf I Stay (2014) was a fairly good movie. For the most part the film was nicely done, but on many items it fell short of coming through. If I Stay the movie didn't come close to the book at all, it delivered the story but didn't quite nail the feeling. A few things in "If I Stay" that caught my attention a lot of the time was simple mistakes in film and a good bit of not so good acting. Let's take the movie (1990's) Ghost movie as an example, ghost could walk through walls and and you don't see their reflection on everyone including mirrors. Now don't get me wrong "If I Stay" was an enjoyable movie for what it was, I just believe it could've been better.

    The acting in this movie was very sub-par, Chloë Grace Moretz and her boyfriend in this film didn't seem to fit the role. Chloë Grace Moretz is a fairly good actress and she done well in films like Kick-Ass; yet I don't think she did as well in this film. I did like the film for what it was and I'll probably watch it again as it is a fairly good drama.
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  3. Jan 13, 2015
    6
    Many will hate If I Stay because it is, well, very much a chick flick at times. But, even as a guy, I managed to enjoy this one on varyingMany will hate If I Stay because it is, well, very much a chick flick at times. But, even as a guy, I managed to enjoy this one on varying levels. At times, the romance was very, very cheesy. It was over the top and felt very unrealistic. On top of that, this one can be incredibly melodramatic. However, in saying that, there are many redeeming qualities for If I Stay that I truly feel outweigh the negative. For one, Chloe Grace Moretz is great. She oddly cannot seem to cry, sure, but she was very good. On top of that, this one got me to cry just a little bit at times, which was not what I expected at all. While a lot of it felt very authentic romance wise, emotionally, this one was on point and certainly did a great job there and managed to wind up being a very touching film. The script is also fine, not great, but it got the job done and the cinematography worked well for the most part with some good and some bad. The music is also very good on this one and really completed the film nicely. However, the real reason why I like this one is because of the supernatural element here regarding death. Death fascinates me and this one had a very interesting twist on the whole idea of death, which certainly piqued my interest in that regard. While If I Stay is far off from an Oscar winner, it is a fine film that does not deserve the amount of hatred it has received from some. 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. Oct 1, 2014
    2
    I was looking forward to seeing this film. It was advertised very well on TV but when I went to see it with my mum we were both veryI was looking forward to seeing this film. It was advertised very well on TV but when I went to see it with my mum we were both very disappointed. It was awful. There was no story arc. Chole Mortez's character just stayed the same through out the film -- no character development. She just ran around the hospital looking pretty. The secondary characters (her friend, little brother parents) had more character development then her and where frankly much more interesting. It was way too long. Some parts of the film could of been cut out as a lot of the scenes where too prolonged and dull. I found myself getting very bored. If I was Gayle Forman (the author of the book) I would of been very disappointed with the film. Expand
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    1
    I didn't want to see this movie, it was my girlfriend who lied to me she said i wanna see Guardians of the Galaxy, and we went and see If II didn't want to see this movie, it was my girlfriend who lied to me she said i wanna see Guardians of the Galaxy, and we went and see If I Stay, god what a bad 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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