If I Stay

If I Stay

If I Stay

Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) stars in this tearful, young adult ghost story as a musically gifted 17-year-old. Based on the bestselling novel by Gayle Forman. 

Mia (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 (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. 

2014Rating: M, Mature themes106 minsUSA
DramaRomance
Director:
R.J. Cutler ('The September Issue', 'The World According to Dick Cheney')
Writer:
Shauna Cross
Cast:
Chloë Grace MoretzJamie BlackleyMireille EnosJoshua LeonardLiana LiberatoAisha HindsStacy Keach

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Flicks, Leonie Hayden

Flicks, Leonie Hayden

The box office has extracted buckets of young adults’ tears this year, and is being made more powerful by the offering, like the emotion-absorbing ooze from Ghostbusters II. Well gird your tear ducts; it’s time for another round. Based on Gayle Forman’s best-selling book, this latest entry is anchored by a typically elegant performance from Chloë Grace Moretz (Carrie, Kick-Ass) as shy, cello-worshipping Mia, who finds herself trapped in an out-of-body limbo after a car accident leaves her in a coma.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Total Film

Total Film

Moretz is winning as Mia... But the film strains painfully to ingratiate itself: Hit-Girl would positively gag on its phoney hipster-speak, pop homilies and groovy parents.

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Time Out

Time Out

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

A cleanly directed, credibly acted machine for the production of tears.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It doesn't help that Cutler relies on a stable of formal clichés...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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