Five Feet Apart

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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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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (27)

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

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • [Richardson] surely realises, as Fault's Shailene Woodley did before her, that this is the kind of marshmallow martyrdom that has to be briskly worked through before they let you at the grownup scripts.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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  • It's the best tear-jerker in a long time; one box of tissues might not be enough. On a deeper level, it earns some of that emotion through a story based on a real dilemma.

    Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Like a heart monitor's beep, it fades into the background quickly.

    Mar 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • While mawkishness should not be a prerequisite for the sick-teens-in-love genre, the popularity of the two in concert has likely convinced many filmmakers that the opposite is true.

    Mar 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Due credit... should be given to Sprouse and particularly Richardson for selling all of these reheated tropes to their full potential.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Full Review…

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