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If I Stay

Music . Fantasy . Drama

Based on Gayle Forman's novel of the same name. "If I Stay" is the story of the gifted classical musician Mia and her boyfriend, Adam, an up and coming indie-rock star. Torn between two paths in life, her art or her relationship, Mia is forced to make an even starker choice between life and death when she is caught in a fatal car accident with her family one snowy morning in Oregon.

Actors: Aisha Hinds , Ali Milner , Jakob Davies , Joshua Leonard , Gabrielle Rose , Stacy Keach , Liana Liberato , Jamie Blackley , Mireille Enos , Chloë Grace Moretz
Directors: R.J. Cutler
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-22
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  • Drew McWeeny

    While I think If I Stay has to do a fair amount of juggling to get its premise to work, there is a cumulative power to it that I found undeniable and earned.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Cutler is selling a certain kind of product with If I Stay, but he sells it honestly and well.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Any movie that considers the possibility of an afterlife, or the possibility that there isn't one, without first getting all postapocalyptic about it, merits some respect. Stay, Mia, stay!

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Moretz’s performance — and the easy chemistry she shares in flashbacks with co-star Jamie Blackley as her boyfriend — help fortify a story that, for all its popularity, is rather maudlin and painfully awkward at times. Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Even at its most wrenchingly painful, the film readily delivers generous dollops of pleasure.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    One of the most curious aspects of If I Stay is the way it rigorously ignores religion and spirituality. With the exception of an undefined "white light" image that recurs, the movie never once mentions "God" (as an entity). For a movie that is so much about death, it seems like an odd omission.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The adults fare best. Leonard and Enos have more electricity than the teens do. And the best performance is a low-key, authentic one by Stacy Keach as Mia's grandfather.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Manipulative, contrived, melodramatic — all labels we slap on that most perfectly titled movie genre, “the weeper.” All fit If I Stay like original packaging.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The saddest thing about If I Stay is that it affords Moretz so little opportunity to be non-sad.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    If I Stay takes time to find its footing amid miscalculations and awkward moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The director, R. J. Cutler, whose previous work has mostly been in big- and small-screen documentaries, has a way of underplaying large feelings and amplifying subtle shifts of mood.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Trevor Johnston

    For a drama pretty much aimed at 12-year-old girls, it’s less superficial than you’d expect.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    [Cutler] approaches all these teenage hyperfeelings with respect and sensitivity. It doesn’t hurt that he has Moretz in his corner.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kimber Myers

    Moretz is great here, able to rise above the voiceover and dialogue she’s given. And thank goodness, because she's in almost every frame.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    As I write these words, I feel myself experiencing a loss of consciousness, wondering how this recipe for sugar shock could interest any sentient being over the age of nine.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Geoff Pevere

    If I Stay is true to principle in one significant regard: It makes no concessions to anyone outside its teenage female cohort.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The settings and supporting roles suggest that If I Stay started out as someone’s passion project, but the final product only requires its star to sleepwalk through buckets of schlock.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    Compared to another recent teen weepie, “The Fault in Our Stars,” this one comes up wanting. That film’s strong point was the delight its heroine took in detonating romantic clichés; If I Stay seems determined to keep them on life support.

    New York Post Full Review
  • William Goss

    Few genuine moments throw into even sharper relief the tedious trappings which surround this, your average teenage tragedy.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    While many of the big moments of If I Stay can be easily dismissed, it's the little ones that elevate the film to at least mixed-bag status.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    If I Stay never bothers to go after authenticity when there's a cliché hovering nearby. That may not be enough of a drawback to prevent teenage audiences from lapping up the movie with a spoon, but they certainly deserve better.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The movie's biggest flaw, from a local perspective, is its unconvincing use of Vancouver, B.C., to represent Portland, Oregon.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Child actors can have a tough time transitioning into adult careers, their charm often evaporating with the onset of puberty. But for Chloë Grace Moretz, the trouble isn’t growing pains; she’s just overqualified for the roles Hollywood tends to offer young women her age.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    The smart cast occupy themselves with the dog-eared emotions scattered around the waiting rooms.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Too many false notes add up to a Nicholas Sparks-lite teen romance.

    Empire Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The production as a whole is awfully clumsy, and Ms. Moretz, who is only 17, needs more help than she gets from the first-time feature director, R.J. Cutler.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The problem is that almost everything in the film feels either forced or false, so the tears aren't earned.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The movie is designed not to explore the experience of illness, or first love, or adolescence, but merely to make us swoon, sigh, and sob.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    It’s hard to care about the fate of characters who never seem particularly alive in the first place.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    The overall execution is so pedestrian that it’s possible to feel more moved by the filmmakers’ good intentions than by the actual emotional content onscreen.

    Variety Full Review
  • Even the love story doesn’t work, because Moretz and Blackley exhibit zero romantic chemistry, and it’s never exactly clear why the pair love each other so much. Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Director R.J. Cutler is fond of time-lapse establishing shots and rapid-fire montages, none of them particularly effective in conveying this bizarre dual world Mia now inhabits.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    A mawkish, preposterous melodrama riddled with clichés, stereotypes, bad dialogue, and inept emotional manipulation.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jon Frosch

    Stacy Keach provides a bit of relief from all the oppressive earnestness in his brief appearance as Mia’s grandfather, evoking a depth of feeling otherwise missing here.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Moretz is an appealing young woman whose star is rising. She'll probably have an exceptional career, but If I Stay won't be a highlight.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Lawson

    The film, based on the novel by Gayle Forman, is an almost deliberate confirmation of Alison Bechdel's claim that women in film are so often shown only in relation to men.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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