Critics Consensus

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 praised "two thumbs up for this ambitious science-fiction comedy... Dennis Quaid is charming and Martin Short is terrific." "One of the year's top 10 movies" (Time Magazine) "Hilarious! ...for non-stop inventiveness, 'Innerspace' is hard to beat!" (Newsweek). Produced by Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Steven Spielberg ("Munich," "War of the Worlds"). Received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

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Dennis Quaid
as Lt. Tuck Pendelton
Martin Short
as Jack Putter
Meg Ryan
as Lydia Maxwell
Kevin McCarthy
as Victor Scrimshaw
Fiona Lewis
as Dr. Margaret Canker
Robert Picardo
as The Cowboy
Harold Sylvester
as Pete Blanchard
William Schallert
as Dr. Greenbush
Henry Gibson
as Wormwood
Orson Bean
as Lydia's Editor
John Hora
as Ozzie Wexler
Mark L. Taylor
as Dr. Niles
Kathleen Freeman
as Dream Lady
Archie Hahn III
as Messenger
Dick Miller
as Cab Driver
Kenneth Tobey
as Man in Restroom
Joe Flaherty
as Waiting Room Patient
Andrea Martin
as Waiting Room Patient
Jason Laskay
as Scrimshaw's Henchman
Frank Miller
as Scrimshaw's Henchman
Christine Avila
as Lab Technician
Jenny Gago
as Lab Technician
Terry McGovern
as Travel Agent
Rance Howard
as Supermarket Customer
Chuck Jones
as Supermarket Customer
Laura Waterbury
as Supermarket Customer
Robert Gray
as Lab Assault Henchman
Alan Blumenfeld
as Man with Camera
Jeffrey Boam
as Lydia's Interview
John Miranda
as Man in Elevator
Neil Ross
as Pod Computer
Charles Aidman
as Speaker at Banquet
Herb Mitchell
as Camera Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Innerspace

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (7)

  • 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.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 8, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It has been made in a style best described as enthusiastic.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • Innerspace is significant for one thing -- the establishment of Martin Short as the funniest new kid on the Hollywood block. Too bad that's not enough for the sensation-a-second makers of Innerspace.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It's an easy-to-get-along-with movie -- bouncy, rabbity fun.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Innerspace

  • Aug 12, 2017
    You know, I hate to start off with this, but if I were to compile a list of the most boring actors alive, Dennis Quaid would have to be on that list. I'll never say the guy is a bad actor, he was perfectly fine and even somewhat charismatic here. He's serviceable, he gets the job done if you need him to. But, in my opinion, Mr. Quaid has spent a lot of his filmography just looking bored, barely emoting and looking like he'd rather be anywhere else than where he is at that point in time. I watched Vantage Point, in which he was one of the leads, but that film was so fast paced and intense that you never got a sense of how boring he is because the film jumped from character to character. But, I digress, I've just never been a big fan of the guy. I used to dread watching his films, but it's been such a long time since I've seen him (not counting Vantage Point) that I'm not bothered by it. I'd be bothered by it if every movie I saw had him in it. That's neither here nor there, let's move on to the flick, shall we? I like Joe Dante, I've certainly enjoyed a good percentage of his movies. Not The Hole, though, that movie is terrible. This movie has a completely silly and over-the-top concept and they, certainly make the most use of that as they possibly can. Is the movie good??? Eh, I don't know if I would go that far. There's certainly a lot of parts of this film that are very entertaining, for sure, like a lot of the early stuff in the build up to Tuck, who's been miniaturized as part of this experiment, being injected into Jack's buttocks instead of a lab rabbit. A lot of the stuff after Jack starts hearing Tuck's voice in his heads is fun as well, with Martin Short believing that he is being possessed by the devil or something. All this is fun and Martin Short gives a good performance. Martin Short has a comedic style that's as subtle as a nuclear blast, but he's still good at what he does and he gets to showcase that here. I'll be completely honest, I literally had no idea Martin Short was in this movie. I had never seen it before nor did I really know what it was about. I know, I know, this is one of my failings as a film nerd. I think that, honestly, part of the problem with the movie is that the novelty of the concept wears out fairly quickly. Don't get me wrong, the film is certainly silly and self-aware enough to make it easy entertainment, for the most part, but I also think it's a concept that uses a lot of its best concepts early on and everything else after that is just peaks and valleys. Another major problem is the fact that this film is like, seriously, 1 hour and 56 minutes long without credits. I don't think there's any way that a film with a concept as this should have gone longer than 90-95 minutes. The film does not have enough content to justify its length and, quite frankly, I have no idea why Scrimshaw and his people wanted the miniaturization chips to begin with. They do an absolutely terrible job of explaining their motivations. Maybe their motivations weren't integral to the plot, but they're trying to kill Jack and take the chip that is inside him with Tuck, so the least you could do is give us a legitimate reason that they're doing this. There's a good number of scenes that, honestly, feel like padding. Like the beginning of the whole film. I understand that you had to establish Tuck's personality, but I believe it could have been done without that whole rigmarole at the beginning. That's not the only one, but that's the first one that comes to mind. While, again, the character of the Cowboy is essential to one scene, getting from the moment where Lydia meets the Cowboy at the party to when Jack assumes the Cowboy's identity for the deal with Scrimshaw takes way too fucking long. It stops the movie dead in its tracks. And the whole dinner scene with Jack, having his face altered by Tuck to look like the Cowboy, goes nowhere to me. That's just two but, again, I feel like there's much more where that came from. I honestly do believe that you could have cut off 20 minutes off this movie and it would have been so much better, the flow would have been tighter and there, obviously, wouldn't have been as much dead time. They certainly do pick it back up again in the climax, but I feared that it was too little too late by this point. There was nothing they could have done by that point to make this a good movie. I don't know what else I can say. The stuff on the inside of Jack's body is well done and it, actually, won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. That'll show you how far visual effects have come since this film's release 30 years ago. I don't know what else I can say about this movie. Good performances from Martin Short, Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan aside, the film's flaws are way too obvious to keep me from truly enjoying this movie. Some of the film's scenes being longer than they should have been killed any chance this had of being good. It's not bad, it's sporadically entertaining for sure, but there's no reason I can recommend this Joe Dante movie when he's clearly done much better like both Gremlins movies, The 'Burbs, Explorers. Even The Howling, which I gave the same rating as this one (on Flixster at least), is better. Not by much, but it's better. This misses the mark, to be honest, but it's still perfectly decent.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2017
    Slow start but gets good starting the moment the three protagonists (Ryan, Quaid and Short) start working together.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2011
    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.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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