Innerspace (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

Innerspace (1987)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeffrey Boam, Charles "Chip" Proser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2002
Warner Bros. Pictures


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
Terry McGovern
as Travel Agent
Frank A Miller
as Scrimshaw's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for Innerspace

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It has been made in a style best described as enthusiastic.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

It's an easy-to-get-along-with movie -- bouncy, rabbity fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Innerspace is a movie that sucks you in from the get-go, then keeps you hooked with the way it effortlessly moves from sci-fi to comedy to action, then back again.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
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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.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


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

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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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