The Space Between Us

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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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  • 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.

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • It's a wan, anaemic film.

    Feb 9, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Won't come close to troubling your heartstrings, let alone the space between your ears.

    Feb 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | 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.

    Feb 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A sci-fi-tinged heap of sentimentality.

    Feb 3, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Every once in a while a movie proves to be truly inexplicable. Not because of the plot, or why the characters do what they do, but because of an ineffable idiocy that can't be explained by conventional lapses of judgment, ambition or competence.

    Feb 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Space Between Us

  • May 22, 2018
    Dumb but mildly entertaining. The medical science they use is laughable though.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2018
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2017
    Dear lord, I can't stand Asa Butterfield. Not only is he a craptastic actor, but he has one of the most punchable faces in the history of cinema. Granted, he is reading from an Alan Loeb script, a writer whose lines would only work if read as ironic comedy. I don't think I've scoffed as hard and often this year as I did during the barrage of saccharine sentiments that emanate from both Butterfield and Gary Oldman. The movie is clearly designed to pack an emotional punch for idiot saps, but even the lowest common denominator will find the lovey dovey cheese cloying and trite. I didn't think Loeb could top Collateral Beauty in this respect, but he has been on a roll in his quest to the bottom of the dollar Blu-Ray bin ever since 21 back in 2008. The only reason why he's still getting his scripts produced are because he's garnered a collective 450 million dollars at the box office. Just keep drinking the kool aid, America. Anyway, in order to have a movie, a female astronaut somehow makes it to Mars before anyone realizes she is pregnant. She excretes Butterfield and dies, and the boy grows up on the red planet. The space program, fronted by an exquisitely hammy Oldman, lies to the media so no one knows the boy exists, but they don't seem to mind him talking to a world-weary, cynical, high school, foster kid girl via the internet. He makes his way to Earth and sneaks out of his quarantine to find his internet girlfriend so they can track down his father. She's an amazing singer songwriter who can fly a crop duster, he is a hopelessly romantic fish out of water with a debilitating condition, and glorious schmaltz and cheese ensue. Just like Collateral Beauty, everyone involved with this film should be embarrassed, and every copy of it should be destroyed.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2017
    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. W Super Reviewer

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