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  • Summary: Hazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that takes them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancerHazel (Shailene Woodley) and Gus (Ansel Elgort) are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that takes them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 45
  2. Negative: 1 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jun 5, 2014
    100
    Director Josh Boone does a wonderful job of celebrating the sentimentality without shying away from the tough moments. The pacing, music and editing are all first-rate.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Jun 4, 2014
    83
    The Fault in Our Stars wins points for being more complex and stylish than most similar films feel they need to be. Most movies with this target audience are maudlin and manipulative, but Boone's film never feels like it's trying too hard to win our tears—or our laughter.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Shone
    Jun 5, 2014
    80
    The film works on only one level, but so completely on that level that the rest doesn’t seem to matter: Woodley and Egort have terrific chemistry.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 4, 2014
    75
    Good movies are made out of great books all the time, and to fault Fault for not living up to its inspiration isn’t much more fair than dismissing the novel on the grounds that it sounds, superficially, like "Love Story" for millennials. As with infinities, some successes are just bigger than others.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    The Fault in Our Stars is manipulative as can be, pulling out all the stops — kids with cancer — in its attempt to bring the tears. And you know what? It works.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jun 5, 2014
    63
    Intelligent and earnest, The Fault in Our Stars works well enough to keep a doubter from feeling mugged by sentiment.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jun 5, 2014
    38
    This movie is so tone-deaf it would only make sense in Vincent van Gogh’s missing ear.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 90
  2. Negative: 16 out of 90
  1. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    A truly sad movie, which has a Stella cast, script and chemistry. The story, humor and direction is AAA. One of the saddest movies in recentA truly sad movie, which has a Stella cast, script and chemistry. The story, humor and direction is AAA. One of the saddest movies in recent years. which can stand in the light with "My Sister Keeper". The Fault in Our Stars is a very satisfying movie, that will bring you to tears. I highly recommend this movie to everyone! Cant wait for the DVD. Expand
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    10
    I was curious as to why this movie is so good and at the same time makes you cry. I don't regret watching it. It takes you on a journey out ofI was curious as to why this movie is so good and at the same time makes you cry. I don't regret watching it. It takes you on a journey out of your routine and shows you the meaning of life. A must see movie, with amazing performances, brilliant scrip and directing. Shailene is really growing on me... I think she is going places. Stunning acting. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2014
    9
    This is a weepy, chick flick, no doubt about that. But it was not overly manipulative, and the story moves as well as the acting by the maleThis is a weepy, chick flick, no doubt about that. But it was not overly manipulative, and the story moves as well as the acting by the male lead. I was surprisingly entertained, and curious about the book. Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2014
    8
    "The Fault In Our Stars" is an incredible ride of emotion from start to finish. It’s a touching love story that really pulls on the"The Fault In Our Stars" is an incredible ride of emotion from start to finish. It’s a touching love story that really pulls on the heartstrings and manages to make prolific statements on life and what we as humans should do with such an amazing gift. That we are not bound by the life we are given and we can do whatever we want so as long as we don’t let our circumstances bind us.

    I am really impressed by this films script and how thought provoking and heartfelt it is. The relationship and the genuine emotions are so well written that not for a second I don’t believe what they are saying or feeling towards one another. I also enjoy how it doesn’t take a strong sentimental or sappy approach on the subject matter, as these characters are really sick and it could have come off as trying way too hard or manipulative. The script instead focuses on celebrating life as apposed to the darker side of death.

    The director, Josh Boone, does a good job with handling everything that is going on and directs the cast well, as they are the strongest parts of the film. I really enjoy some of the stylistic approaches in the film, such as how they show the text messages. One small fault in his directing is that the film gets a bit conventional near the end and it manages to lose some of its magic. The soundtrack is well used and really drives the movie home. It’s filled with upbeat and fun songs that really makes the film feel like a celebration of life.

    The cast is top class and they truly give some wonderful performances. Shailene Woodley gives a magical performance that conveys genuine happiness and heartbreaking sadness. She easily portrays so many emotions realistically and convincingly. Ansel Elgort plays Woodley’s love interest and if not done by such a good actor, he could have come off as annoying and in your face. His character is a bit loud and egotistic, but he is a nice guy and really loves everyone, who he encounters. Woodley’s and Elgort’s onscreen chemistry is incredibly good. I really bought their relationship and felt every pain that they felt. The actors are a true highlight of the film.

    Overall, “The Fault In Our Stars” is a really good movie that is a fresh of breath air in this summer blockbuster season filled with high octane action and ridiculous special effect. It’s a emotional ride that does not force it’s message or manipulates its audience. It is a genuine movie that shows a brighter side of life and death. While the film does get conventional in it’s third act, it still ends on a high note. I give it an incredibly high 4/5
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  5. Jul 6, 2014
    7
    The Fault in Our Stars is a honest adaption from the book. The movie shines from two young actors who brought performances very few youngThe Fault in Our Stars is a honest adaption from the book. The movie shines from two young actors who brought performances very few young people have. It’s a heart-wrenching story with an ending that will leave your breathless for a long time, but with a warm heart and a love story from two young people that will make you say wow. And although I myself didn’t shed a tear (I know, real cold-hearted), just expect the water-works to flow as you embark on Hazel and Gus’ journey together. Expand
  6. Jun 21, 2014
    5
    Well i was kinda more expecting for this movie but unfortunately has some negative things but the movie is not terrible is just average wellWell i was kinda more expecting for this movie but unfortunately has some negative things but the movie is not terrible is just average well here i explain why. This movie doesn't feel any emotional for any of the characters as well but one of the good things of this movie is the fact that the relationship here works but i didn't care of any of the characters . The story is cliche and the ending as well the girl who loves the guy dies as always which is completely annoying so the movie is not sad at all they told me that the movie is extremely sensitive but that ain't affect me not even a bit but sorry for the fans but my score is average Expand
  7. Apr 5, 2015
    0
    One should not even look at this title unless if she is a twelve year old or younger. One of the cheesiest, most predictable films that IOne should not even look at this title unless if she is a twelve year old or younger. One of the cheesiest, most predictable films that I have ever laid my eyes upon. Symbolism is often a key and interesting part in movies, but this movie outright abused it. Any so called symbolism they had, the main characters explicitly explained to the audience what it was. Oh yeah, let us also point out that they make out in Anne Frank's room and everyone claps, because that is not strange at all! The drawn out scenes..............please spare yourselves the agony of exposing anyone to this pathetically contrived tragedy and retain a part of your brain so that you may use it in the future. Expand

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