Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
Watch On
  1. 88
    The ending is an explanation, but not a solution. For a solution we have to think back through the whole film, and now the visual style becomes a guide. It is an illustration of the way the materials of life can be shaped for the purposes of the moment.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 39
  2. Negative: 12 out of 39
  1. geofd.
    Oct 28, 2005
    10
    If you understand what you see. You will love this film. Well Done.
  2. Jan 8, 2013
    10
    Superb, non-typical and breathtakingly beautiful dream-like movie. One of a kind movie and movies like this is hard to find. The story lineSuperb, non-typical and breathtakingly beautiful dream-like movie. One of a kind movie and movies like this is hard to find. The story line did not make any sense, only because everything was imagined in Henry's head when he was about to die. It didn't need to, and that makes this movie so special. It really felt like it was in a dream. I thought the casts, script, effects and story line was brilliant. Kudos to director Marc Forster for thinking outside the box. Full Review »
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    10
    ""Sam Foster(Ewan McGregor): If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.""

    If you're looking for an amazing movie that's here:STAY
    ""Sam Foster(Ewan McGregor): If this is a dream, the whole world is inside it.""

    If you're looking for an amazing movie that's here:STAY It's a complex but complete movie.I think that the best example for Near Death Experience(NDE) is shown in this movie and it represents us the perspicacity of both director and writer. Every dialog and scene in STAY is important and not only you must listen and watch it but also you should memorize all the details such as background sounds,visages,sentences,names and so on!

    Paying attention to what happens could help everyone enjoy the film.

    I believe there are some similarities between Orson Welles's TOUCH OF EVIL and STAY in the ways of cinematography.

    Ryan Gosling plays appreciable and is the best for his role.His glance makes him and the movie so mysterious.The character of Henry Letham can show us both innocence and guilty in his eyes.Guilty;that he thinks about his personality that made him to say and write "forgive me" again and again.And innocence;that Dr.Sam Foster could find in Henrie's conscience and wanna show to Henry.

    The golden globe nominee director Marc Forster has shown that could make such laudable films in different genres like FINDING NEVERLAND,STRANGER THAN FICTION,MONSTER's BALL and KITE RUNNER. It was the first accompaniment between David Benioff and Marc Forster that repeated again in The Kite Runner. I say:what do you want of a complete movie;suspension,good directing,good playing,good music and.... STAY could gather them all. It's not my best 'cause it is always SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION as a respectable one but i've watched STAY about 13times,i think! and every time i've found something new.STAY keeps you in a suspension situation.

    STAY, a film that must be watched not just once but twice!
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