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: August 22, 2014
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 35% 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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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

This venture feels slightly contrived.

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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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Brooke Corso
The Monitor (McAllen, TX)

The film's tone can't seem to find a footing as the seriousness of Mia's family's situation in the hospital is juxtaposed with the pseudo-dramas of teenage love.

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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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Lisa Rosman

For long stretches, [If I Stay] seems like a TV pilot for a WB show that, rightfully, did not get picked up.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A shameless melodrama that follows The Lovely Bones as another schmaltzy teenage life-and-death joke, painfully interminable, full of unbearable exposition and… More
Film Crazy
I couldn't even stay to watch the ending of this movie, she took way to long to make a decision!
Spencer S.
Melodrama has been defined and filmed from the inception of this medium, to now. It has often been attributed to the interests of women, sometimes even being… 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
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