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Reviews: The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

fault_in_our_starsReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Marina Antunes @ Row Three
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: The film is simultaneously smug and sleep-inducing, as two young people dying pepper us with a version of love that is one cancer patient short of Love Story.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Josh Boone equilibra la puñalada emocional al espectador con el valor de afrontar de cara la tragedia de una pareja de adolescentes con los días contados. En los parámetros artístico/comerciales en que se mueve, no es fácil.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: t’s painfully predictable with oodles of cringe-worthy dialogue, overly convenient symbolism, and story cliches that would be too much for a TV movie in the 80s. For a cynical SOB like me, I found myself rolling my eyes far more than I did wiping them.
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Ante las dudas que una película juvenil con protagonistas que sufren enfermedades terminales, “The fault in our stars” evade los clichés y triunfa en contarnos una historia enternecedora.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The film’s far from perfect – director Josh Boone (“Stuck in Love”) favors too many in your face closeups and the character of Augustus Waters is written a little too perfectly to seem like a real person – but on the whole, this teen romance is more thoughtful than most.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Bajo una misma estrella es muy irregular: tiene grandes actuaciones, está llena de momentos muy emocionantes y emotivos, pero la construcción de la trama es un poco endeble.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie wants to acknowledge death but only to a certain point.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Heartbreaking and bittersweet, it’s a genuine tearjerker.
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: This astoundingly overrated piece of pablum commences by congratulating its target audience on being too cool to fall for the clichés it then sets about foisting assiduously.
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Gus and Hazel’s relationship is particularly affecting. The couple exudes a substantial amount of chemistry together that is, pardon the pun, “faultless”.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: Everything that made John Green’s book so great is here, so maybe just this once the world really is “a wish-granting factory.”
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Yes, it’s a teenaged girl’s romantic fantasy. And some of it might be in a secret code for young women. Imagine that.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: A heartwarming portrayal of life in the shadow of death.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: “The Fault in Our Stars” is far from an egregiously downbeat bummer. Quixotic and attractively photographed, it’s a weepie that is, against all odds, wise, finely acted and emotionally sound.
  • Dan Lybarger @ Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    • Excerpt: For a movie involving cancer, youthful fatalities and other heartbreaking developments, The Fault in Our Stars is remarkably entertaining and achieves a balance most tightrope walkers would envy.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: This cancer weepie is utterly benign.
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: You know at least one of these kids is going to bite it before the end, and I guess the possibility that both of them may die is what separates this from the usual Love Story-like love story.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Oscars
    • Excerpt: The Fault in Our Stars has its heart in the right place but – WOW! – you walk out wishing that someone would shake the dust and clutter and broken fragments off the screenplay so it can flow with more efficiency. Here is a movie that is so busy being profound that the characters feel trapped by plot gimmicks and stale dialogue.
  • Stephen Saito @ The Moveable Fest
    • Excerpt: This adaptation may not be all that different than effective screen tearjerkers of the past, but in staying true to its source material, its infinity is bound to be a little bigger than most.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Expectations. Hope. Perspective. These are the themes that are intelligently repeated and dealt with in The Fault of Our Stars.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Unquestionably a sappy, manipulative movie, but on those admittedly low terms it succeeds.
  • [New – 3/6/15] | Sarah Ward @ Trespass Magazine
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:30 pm

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