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Innerspace (1987)

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81

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 7

A manic, overstuffed blend of sci-fi, comedy, and romance, Innerspace nonetheless charms, thanks to Martin Short's fine performance and the insistent zaniness of the plot.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

A manic, overstuffed blend of sci-fi, comedy, and romance, Innerspace nonetheless charms, thanks to Martin Short's fine performance and the insistent zaniness of the plot.

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Golden Globe-nominees Meg Ryan ("Sleepless in Seattle," "When Harry Met Sally...") and Dennis Quaid ("In Good Company," "The Day After Tomorrow"), and Emmy-winner Martin Short (TV's "Merlin," "Mars Attacks!") star in this sci-fi comedy fantasy directed by Joe Dante ("Looney Tunes: Back in Action," "Gremlins" 1 & 2). A rambunctious Navy test pilot (Quaid) undergoes a top-secret miniaturization experiment and is accidentally injected into the body of a hypochondriac clerk (Short). Siskel & Ebert

Jul 9, 2002

Warner Bros. Pictures

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (7) | DVD (16)

The plot is standard fantasy-adventure pulp, though director Joe Dante has so many screwball things going on in it that the comedy all but overwhelms the formulaic line of action.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Short has infinitely more possibilities and makes the most of them, coming into his own as a screen personality as a mild-mannered little guy who rises to an extraordinary situation.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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While the anatomical special effects are imaginative enough, the manic rather than magical tone fails to achieve the sense of awe that made Fantastic Voyage -- clearly this film's inspiration -- so fascinating.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It has been made in a style best described as enthusiastic.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Here is an absurd, unwieldy, overplotted movie that nevertheless is entertaining - and some of the fun comes from the way the plot keeps laying it on.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's an easy-to-get-along-with movie -- bouncy, rabbity fun.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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'80s sci-fi adventure comedy has some drinking, swearing.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

While the sci-fi is pretty hard to fault for what it is, and the adventure is aces for a high-concept 1980s family movie, the comedy is awfully wan and reedy.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

For all the Amblin technology on display, Dante's greatest effects are humanistic

September 6, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Formulaic fun, helped by two winning leads.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Though the film plays like a mix of exhilarating adventure and smart comedy, it's deepened by the notion that little Quaid is floating around inside Short's body sinking hooks into things, ripping open veins, triggering stomach acid, and the like.

August 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A really inventive and truly funny fantasy-comedy.

September 24, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A funny for all family. A classical 80s movie.

September 17, 2004
Cinenganos

Director Joe Dante throws in every special effects trick in the book to give some heft to the skimpy script but it doesn't work.

August 25, 2004 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

Aventura de ficção científica que, com o toque amalucado de Joe Dante, vira uma comédia quase besteirol - aliás, em alguns momentos vai até longe demais. No entanto, os efeitos são bacanas, o espírito é de diversão e o filme agrada.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

I loved it at 14 years old. I was mildly amused 14 years later. Make of that what you will.

April 11, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

An underrated comic masterpiece from the talented director Joe Dante.

January 29, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

[Innerspace] is pure entertainment, with plenty of gags and cameos that demand repeat viewings.

September 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A Beautifully Told Comedy/Adventure by Joe Dante. My personal favorite of his.

September 19, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

a lame, SF proving Martin Short is no movie star

August 13, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

It's good to have friends on the inside, you know?

August 1, 2002
Movie Metropolis

The picture's haphazardness lends itself to being appreciated.

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Innerspace

With a great plot and screenplay, Innerspace, presents a great entertaining to the audience and that bring a funny and fine performance of Martin Short. Fresh.
August 14, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Not the most amazing ever made, but it's a boat load of fun with some great gags!
July 8, 2011
kenstachnik

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Although this movie is really just an update of Fantastic Voyage, it has a lot of good actors, and it's fun, so I liked it.
January 28, 2011
ajv2688

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B-
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