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Mia Hall 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. 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.
Drama - This romantic drama based on the
young adult novel of the same name
is targeted at teen females. This
is a major starring showcase for
young actress Chloe Grace Moretz,
with all other actors secondary.
Language, teen sensuality and
drinking, and dark subject matter
are of caution to parents of the
PROFANITY: 12 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief teen sensuality without nudity. VIOLENCE: Glimpses of bleeding wounds. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking, including by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines/situations and cute kid humor.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average If I Stay offers an adequate love story but a shallow exploration of bigger issues.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average Her life seems so rich and full and interesting—and her dilemma over whether to move across the country to pursue her dreams or stay home for the safety of true love is so compelling—that the material that constitutes the flashbacks could have been a fine coming-of-age drama in and of itself.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average It's a tough balancing act melding dewy-eyed teen romance with family tragedy, and harder still to weave in rousing rock performances and gorgeous classical music.
NY PostFull Review Average 'If I Stay' has a weak pulse, barely clings to life.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 43 moviegoers:
From the high number of reviews collected, this is obviously a movie that interests teen females the most and they LOVED "IF I STAY." Almost every review is "Fantastic," which is unusual and extremely high. You can also see that most everyone else also enjoyed "If I Stay."