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The Space Between Us (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Space Between Us strands its star-crossed young lovers in a mind-numbingly vast expanse of shameless cheese that will send all but the most forgiving viewers eye-rolling for the exits.

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In this interplanetary adventure, shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut dies while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, Gardner is eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. But after his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Gardner joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

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Critic Reviews for The Space Between Us

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (41)

An interesting premise fails to ignite amid an underwritten central romance and some clichéd plotting. An often eye-rolling ride.

February 12, 2017 | Full Review…

It manages, nonetheless, to shrink all narrative possibilities down into a bitty best-of compilation that's notable only for some horrendously bad science and a career-low performance from Gary Oldman.

February 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a wan, anaemic film.

February 9, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Won't come close to troubling your heartstrings, let alone the space between your ears.

February 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The Space Between Us bears faint echoes of other outer-space sagas but carves its own niche because its hero is a teenage boy. It's a sweet, innocuous film nicely handled by director Peter Chelsom.

February 4, 2017 | Full Review…

By the time you get to the money shot of two lovers kissing in zero gravity, you'll either be deep in this movie's pocket or have fallen into a diabetic coma.

February 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us is an interesting character drama about finding your place in the world. When an astronaut on her way to Mars discovers that she's pregnant she's forced to give birth on Mars, and as the child grows up he longs to see Earth and eventual NASA devises a plan to bring him home; but once on Earth he escapes from NASA's medical facility to meet up with a friend that he met online and seeks her help to find his father. The film does a surprisingly good job at grounding the story and at addressing the realities of the situation (ex. the medical challenges of changing environments). And the cast is pretty solid, featuring Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Carla Gugino, and Gary Oldman. Still, the plot is a little unfocused and at times doesn't seem to know where it's going and whether it's a romance or a thriller. Also, there are several contrivances that seem forced in order to get the story from point A to point B and tie things together. Yet overall, The Space Between Us is a fun and entertaining film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Not cheese, but a kind of waxy, yellow build-up that could be referred to as cheese. Nonsensical, and not ashamed of it. Two of my favorite actors are in this and so I will say no more in the off chance that perhaps I might meet them one day.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The only thing that stands out in this film is NASA having more money and resources than Matt Damon had in The Martian and the primary plot device being emotional manipulation. The solution to Gardner's medical problems is absurd and even the big twist at the end you feel absolutely nothing for because you don't believe it for a second. The Space Between Us is a romantic science fiction film that is nearly as insulting as a sci-fi as it is insulting as a romance.

Jacob Smith
Jacob Smith

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