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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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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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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Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

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

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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
RogerEbert.com

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

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Shamelessly engineered and sappy, but swoony romantics (c'mon, you know you are one!) may not much mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
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
Carlos Magalh„es
A shameless melodrama that follows The Lovely Bones in being another schmaltzy teenage life-and-death crap, full of unbearable exposition and corny lines,… More
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
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
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
Dann Michalski
Chloe Grace Moretz stars in the romantic drama If I Stay. Based on a novel, a teenage girl named Mia Hall has on out-of-body experience after a car accident… More