If I Stay
If I Stay (2014)

Mia Hall (ChloŽ 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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although ChloŽ Grace Moretz gives it her all and the story adds an intriguing supernatural twist to its melodramatic YA framework, If I Stay is ultimately more manipulative than moving.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The title refers to Mia's fraught decision-should she cling to existence or just give up?-and, well before the end, even loyal viewers will be begging her to hurry up and choose.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

The heroine lies in the coma, but the audience may feel brain-dead by the end of If I Stay.

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Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

A true middle-of-the-road effort, provoking neither scorn nor admiration

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Documentarian R.J. Cutler, in his feature debut, joins Moretz in delivering this pap as if it meant something. Cue eye rolling.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

You want these people to have real challenges and messiness. But their lives don't quite feel lived in; they feel exemplary.

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Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal

If I Stay never explains whether Mia's is a special case or if everyone who hovers between life and death has that decision to make. And if it's the latter, does that mean your gramps and meemaw simply didn't love you enough to stick around?

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, this is less superficial than you'd expect.

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Christy Lemire

[Moretz's] grounded, naturalistic presence goes a long way toward making mushy material palatable.

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Michael A. Smith

The only way "If I Stay" could make me cry would be if I had to watch it again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Okay, I'll admit it, I was one of many sniffling in the cinema. Moving look at first love and loss. Though it's aimed at a teen audience, I suspect… More
familiar stranger
Nothing that would encourage me to stay!! The flick is rich in textures and performances, but lacks heavily in emotions. The way it's been written, I could… More
Film Crazy
I couldn't even stay to watch the ending of this movie, she took way to long to make a decision!
Alice Shen
UGH ALL THE FEEEEELZ!!! Seeing this YA spectral romance in a crowded theatre of college undergrads hooting and hollering at their screen idols was certainly an… More
Christian C
"If I Stay" lacks the emotional punch that should have been easily in reach, given the story line. Moretz just wasn't able to muster more drama… More
Jim Hunter
A teenager is caught between life and death after a tragic car accident. Chloe Grace Moretz's virtuoso performance is the highlight of this film. For… More