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Five Feet Apart (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Elevated considerably by Haley Lu Richardson's performance but bogged down by clichés, Five Feet Apart doesn't tug at the heartstrings quite as deftly as it should.

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Stella Grant (Haley Lu Richardson) is every bit a seventeen-year-old... she's attached to her laptop and loves her best friends. But unlike most teenagers, she spends much of her time living in a hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of routines, boundaries and self-control -- all of which is put to the test when she meets an impossibly charming fellow CF patient named Will Newman (Cole Sprouse). There's an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction. Further complicating matters is Will's potentially dangerous rebellion against his ongoing medical treatment. Stella gradually inspires Will to live life to the fullest, but can she ultimately save the person she loves when even a single touch is off limits?

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Haley Lu Richardson
as Stella Grant
Cole Sprouse
as Will Newman
Parminder Nagra
as Dr. Hamid
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There's a sincerity here that undoes many of its excesses, thanks largely to the grounded chemistry of its leads.

December 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5

There's a million books like this and a million movies like this, where people are beautiful -- but they're sick!

September 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The plot is believable - right up to the heart-in-the-mouth turns near the end - and the dialogue sounds real. That is a good start in any movie, but in this case it powers on from there because of the A-grade performances of the two young leads.

April 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Sprouse and Richardson are proven heavyweights in the young-adult pocket of Hollywood, but this soft-hearted teen romance spreads on sugary sentiment too thickly to leave a lasting message.

March 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I cried. I was moved by it... the film was done in a manner that seemed good-hearted.

March 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Richardson and Sprouse attack their roles with gusto, never patronising the material.

March 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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