Excerpt: As crippling as the shallow characterizations and lame dialogue are, they are actually less a problem than “If I Stay’s” reliance on voice-over narration and extensive flashbacks, two inherently uncinematic devices that demonstrate nothing so much as a failure of imagination.
Excerpt: The lovely Chloë Grace Moretz, only 17 years old, is one of the few shining constants elevating this treacle, resisting any false, inauthentic notes and keeping the good will going for a while before the mawkish theatrics take over.
Excerpt: This is a movie about love transcending, but not controlling. In a world where girls are told to take love as the end all, be all, If I Stay lets our heroine weigh her options and decide what’s best for her.
Excerpt: Here’s an earnest teen drama filled with earnest performers reciting earnest dialogue and by the end it’s earnestly overwhelming. While If I Stay is considerably less offensive than The Fault in Our Stars, this year’s other really really serious young adult drama, it’s also pretty much a dud – for those outside of the target demographic, this one is an especially tough sit.