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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: 38 out of 53
  2. Negative: 8 out of 53
  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 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. Jul 20, 2014
    10
    The Fault In Our Stars is beautiful, the best films of the year and that have been made in recent years, emotionally wrenching, but full of life, Shailene Woodley has to be nominated for Oscar 2015, Ansel Elgort shows that it is more Augustus Waters the same Augustus Waters, IS THE PERFECT mOVIE tHAT ALL HAVE TO SEE! Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2014
    9
    Life comes at us in full swing.. 24/7, we never know the boundaries of our limitations always taking things further and beyond anything we, as society, imagine. I'm not a typical schultz when it comes to sappy romantic novels, or love stories of any genre. To be honest, they inflame me. Setting up unrealistic approaches to how "love" is supposed to be.
    In the end, someone is left dead or crying. Now, before I start to sound like a weeping school girl, I give you the film "The Fault In Our Stars" which I must say.. is a rare, rare exception. A film that never exploits itself too much, and has relentless humor that perfectly balances the fatal backdrop. I have not read the acclaimed novel from author John Green. However, In the days leading up to this screening, I had heard nothing but positive things about the book. It's clear now after seeing the film, what a tremendous band of characters, and a touching story that Green has vastly created..and to him I say well done.

    The movie chronicles the events of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen year old, dealing with the everyday struggle of living with her terminal (but treatable) cancer. With no friends and nothing look to forward to in life, The film also follows the unforgettable journey of love when she meets Augustus Waters, a likeable and pretentious eighteen year old that is persistent and charming. The two instantly hit it off, and form a bond that is unbreakable. To the point that nothing can separate them. Co-existing in each others lives, and finding the true meaning of each other.

    We can't have this film, if not for our stunning and talented leads. You may remember the pair as on screen siblings in the film adaptation of "Divergent" that came out earlier this year. But, "true" audience members are going to remember them for playing, Hazel Grace Lancaster, and Augustus Waters. I'm talking about Shailene Woodley, and her trustful leading man Ansel Elgort. The two are miraculous to watch on screen together, easily the best chemistry between any romance since, Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling in "The Notebook". (Yes I've seen that movie too...shocking I know). Ansel Elgort is truly coming into his own as a delicate performer. However, this time around the film belongs to Woodley and her mastery of Hazel Grace. So much passion, so much raw material infused into her grief stricken performance, that ..dare I say.. brought me to tears. Hazel is such a fragile character, and you understand this within the opening credits. The mental stability and such all seemed to come natural to Woodly, whom made me feel so much within a two hour time frame. Great supporting work also comes from long time favorite Willem Dafoe, as well as, Laura Dern, Nat Wolff and Sam Trammell. They round out the film and make it feel whole.

    Woodley was undoubtedly good...yes, but we can't say it's nothing without Ansel Elgort and his charismatic charm, memorable metaphors and wit he brings to the character of Augustus Waters. In addition, this film is only going to be as good are your two leads, and that's usually where the problem lies, this is never the case in this film. Director Josh Boone gets the most out of his performers and writers Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Webber do the justice (I believe) is deserved. Of course, as history would have it, I assume the book is better.

    In Comparison we look at other films like "The Vow", "Safe Haven" and even "Endless Love" ..was there anything here to create a likeable basis?..that didn't stumble into a crate of dumbfoundedness..and horrendous stupidity?. Those films are not love stories..there simply are films attempting to create one. Besides a film like "The Notebook", and "The Fault In Our Stars" only come along every so often.. It's sad that a film like "The Vow" was based on an actual true story..and. do in heavy to the belligerents of the director and cast, I didn't believe it for a second. Our Director, Josh Boone takes these giant cliches and simply washes away with them, inflicting some strong emotional damage, and a film you think about long after leaving your local multiplex.

    Anyone that has ever dealt with cancer, the loss of a loved one, anything tough of this latitude in general will feel a resounding connection with this film. Even for folks that haven't read the book (like myself). "The Fault In Our Stars" is deeply moving and swiftly upbeat all the same, which is saying alot for me. The movie perfectly balances it's tough subject matter. The only problem I couldn't get over..was that Shailene Woodley did look a little too older to be playing a quote on quote "sixteen year old", which didn't ruin the film..it just hurt the credibility a little bit.

    As stated earlier, it's extremely rare to come across such a love story that can evoke a genuine feel that doesn't seem dated or overly excessive. A story that is entertaining but not preachy. You either buy into it, or you don't. Thanks to strong leads, a bunch of talented crew members, writers and directors that brought this all together. "The Fault In Our Stars" works on a grander scale as a whole, and if this film doesn't pull on your heartstrings. I don't know what will.

    A

    By: Nate Adams

    Directed By: Josh Boone
    Rated: PG13
    Runtime: 126 mins
    Studio: Fox
    Release Date: June 6th 2014

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  4. Jun 11, 2014
    8
    Shaylene Woodley has really come into her own. She's a powerhouse and she and Jennifer Lawrence will be battling for the best roles for young actresses of the next 10 years or so I would predict. I think the moviemakers handled a very tough subject with maturity and class. What I see it twice? Maybe but it's absolutely worth seeing once. Expand
  5. Jun 25, 2014
    6
    The Fault in Our Stars is its own blessing and curse.

    The blessing is that it handles well the three significant plots it has going on. And
    really, why they aren't necessarily equal, none of them can be considered subplots; "co-plots" is a more apt term.

    The curse is the weight of it all. A terminal teenage girl reconciling her own mortality is heavy but believable. A terminal teenage girl falling in love is heavy but believable. A terminal teenage girl seeking answers to lingering questions in her favorite book is heavy but believable. Each, on its own, could fill 90 minutes of movie. But all three combined carry too much weight, and thus strain credulity to its breaking point. More than once I found myself asking, "What other terrible thing could happen?" only to be answered within the next 10 minutes.
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  6. Jul 7, 2014
    5
    a deemed extraordinary love story that is far from plausible. as it's been adapted from the novel, i can't really comment on its plot. the only thing holding this movie together is its direction and music. other than that, even if you missed it, you haven't really missed anything. Expand
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    0
    Terrible. A movie based on an over-hyped generic stupid pre-teen/teenager young adult novel? How could that possibly be anything other than awful? Sure, it's better than the nonsense that is Twilight, the Host, and maybe the Hunger Games, because after all, John Green (the book's author) is a talented guy.

    But all in all, this movie sucks.
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