The Grade Book: “The Fault in Our Stars”

"The Fault in Our Stars" (2014) - The Grade Book - We Live Film

Charming “Fault in Our Stars” Beats the Odds

Plot: Diagnosed with cancer, 17-year-old Hazel (Shailene Woodley) is forced to attend a support group, but ends up falling in love with another survivor (Ansel Elgort).

Director: Josh Boone

Writers: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Willem Defoe

Genre: Romance, Comedy-drama

Running Time:  2 hours, 5 minutes

U.S. Release Date: June 6, 2014

MPAA Rating: PG-13




(Lowest Grade: B+, Highest Grade: A+)

CONSENSUS: The Fault in Our Stars is a beautiful tearjerker that does the John Green novel of the same name justice. The chemistry between Woodley and Elgort is mesmerizing as their characters’ will to live.


Critic Reviews for “The Fault in Our Stars”


Chad Gleason

Grade: A

One of the best Films of 2014 and Shailene Woodley deserves Oscar gold.

Zachary Marsh

Grade: A+

You know what, I read the book to this movie. I thought the book was great at showing a potentially real relationship between two kids who happen to be plagued by cancer. Not only does the movie serve the book justice, but it also reminded me on why I loved not only the book, but also The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Unapologetically funny, touching, and emotional, The Fault in Our Stars is going to be one of those movies that kids look back on in 20 years and see this as their Breakfast ClubTitanic, etc., even though it is a little rushed and flawed at times. Superb acting, great music, and very solid job on behalf of screenwriters Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter for successfully adapting John Green’s book with flying colors. Just a little precaution for you: if you get emotional over movies, then bringing tissues to this is a huge recommendation on my part.

Matt Marshall

Grade: B+

It’s not hard getting behind Hazel and Gus. Along the way, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and everything in between. The Fault in Our Stars is a touching roller coaster without all the unnecessary bells and whistles. FULL REVIEW

Scott Menzel

Grade: A

The Fault in Our Stars is one incredible film. The book, which is geared towards tweens, embraces not only the teenage crowd, but anyone with a pulse on the big screen. The performances in this film that include Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Laura Dern are all absolutely spectacular and Oscar-worthy to boot.

The story is told in a way that doesn’t showcase Hazel and Gus as two victims of cancer, but rather two people who fell in love and try to live life to the fullest. This is without a doubt one of my favorite films of the year and one I would consider life-affirming. I absolutely loved this film. FULL REVIEW

Dominique Mondon

Grade: A+

The Fault in Our Stars is a sharp, well executed film about trying to make an inevitably short life a meaningful and good one. There are several differences from the book, but the film is ultimately a very faithful adaptation that captures the book’s spirit and magic. Working from a smart, witty script that pulls beautifully from the source material, the actors give some of the best performances of the year. With a gracefully powerful performance, Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster is The Fault’s standout.

The film masterfully balances lighthearted, quiet, everyday moments with the harsh and sad realities of the issues it discusses. Perfect pacing, sharp editing and a killer soundtrack married with stellar performances and directing makes for a truly unforgettable and spectacular film. Bring a box of tissues and prepare to ugly cry.

Austin Putnam

Grade: B+

A well-written, well-directed and well-acted romance movie. This is one of the better romance movies out there. Take some notes Twilight.


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