There's little that the director, Ry Russo-Young, can do with the material's sentimental thinness, but she does something nonetheless ...
Being spineless is its own form of evil, yet Russo-Young makes Samantha such a languid, lovely waif that you forgive her as soon as she smiles.
Deutch's naturalistic performance grounds the various layers of the story in a manner that keeps it from becoming either boring or wildly unrealistic.
It takes a mediocre movie like Before I Fall to illustrate how brilliant Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day is.
Before I Fall would do better to understand its corrupted little angels before it tries to teach them something.
A story aimed primarily at teen and tween girls, one that doesn't pander or preach and avoids over-villainizing its characters, even if a clich� or two sneaks in.
While it's far from subtle getting there, "Before I Fall" sticks its landing in its final moments. And what could have been a forgettable teen drama leaves a lasting impression.
A collision of sci-fi, drama and horror, "Before I Fall" earns points for ambition.
Boasting themes that are both cerebral and philosophical, Before I Fall is a young-adult thriller that goes far beyond the surface level.