Review Roundup: Best-Selling Novel THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Hits the Big Screen!
Young adult book lovers rejoice; based on the best-selling novel by John Green, 'The Fault in Our Stars' premieres today, June 6th. The popular novel has gained much critical attention since its release in 2012, and now audiences around the world can experience the heart-wrenching story on the big screen.
The film tells the story of Hazel Grace (Shailene Woodley), a 16 year old girl who has suffered from thyroid cancer since she was thirteen. After meeting the incomparably charming Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) at a cancer support group (who is in remission after battling osteosarcoma), the two fall in love despite Hazel's initial reluctance. Together, Hazel and Augustus attempt to navigate through the trials that accompany having a limited number of days, and determine how they truly want to live their lives; to seek greatness, as Augustus, or to walk lightly and 'minimize the casualites after passing, like Hazel.
Directed by Josh Boone, 'The Fault in Our Stars' stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, and Willem Dafoe.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
A.O. Scott, The New York Times: Mr. Green's book is beloved, the emotional power of Mr. Boone's movie is undeniable, and the real-world experiences behind both are so terrible and complicated that mild skepticism can look like gross insensitivity.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: It's a fresh, lively love story, brimming with humor and heartbreak, and lifted to the heights by Shailene Woodley, 22, a sublime actress with a résumé, from 'The Descendants' to 'Divergent', that pretty much proves she's incapable of making a false move on camera.
Andrew Barker, Variety: Soulfully acted, especially by a never-betterShailene Woodley, and several degrees smarter than most films aimed at teenagers, this Fox melodrama ought to strike a resonant chord with young audiences.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post: ...it offers its core young audience the bracing, even exhilarating suggestion that love isn't just about finding someone worth dying for, but someone who makes life worth living. For that alone, "The Fault in Our Stars" achieves that rare feat of eliciting as many cheers as tears.
Richard Corliss, Time: He's like a pop record that has just three minutes to raise your spirits or break your heart. For Hazel, Augustus does both. It may weave the same magic on moviegoers, so smartly does the film enfold this loving couple in the cocoon of evanescent intimacy.
Claudia Puig, USA Today: 'Stars' is an unabashed tearjerker, though it's also about celebrating life. The movie is well-written, well-acted, acerbic, funny and wisely observed. Fans of the book will be glad to hear it is faithful to Green's tale.
Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Gate: Shrewdly prefabricated and yet lovingly assembled, it is, in short, the most beautifully made cynical thing I've ever seen.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Those looking for any fault in these stars - or the proud, full-of-life characters they portray - will have to look elsewhere.
David Blaustein, ABC News: "The Fault in Our Stars" is an industrial-strength teen romance that will make you question everything you think you know about life, appreciate everything you have but didn't appreciate before, and, unless you have no soul, cry like nobody's watching.
Tom Shone, The Guardian: I went in sure I would hate it and emerged, two hours later, pale-faced and tear-stained, marveling at the scale and speed of my wipeout.