The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us


The Space Between Us. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The first human born on Mars travels to Earth for the first time, and experiences the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes. He goes on a journey to discover how he came to be, with a street-smart girl in tow. The movie premieres on VOD on Tuesday, May 16. The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “Sci-fi hooey for the teen set.”

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Brittany Robertson, Carla Gugino, Gary Oldman
Director: Peter Chelsom
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Romance



Los Angeles Times says, “The pacing of the individual scenes and the direction of the actors feel so clunky and amateurish, you may wonder after a while if “The Space Between Us” is meant to indicate the yawning emotional chasm between the actors, struggling to connect across a galaxy’s worth of wretched dialogue.”

Wall Street Journal finds, “The story plays out on two planets, Mars and Earth, while the production follows its own orbit in a state of zero gravity, zero nuance and subzero sense.”

According to San Francisco Chronicle, “In general, “The Space Between Us” is a lot like that, a mix of OK, truly awful and lovely.”

The Hollywood Reporter calls the film “Sci-fi hooey for the teen set.”

New York Daily News gives the film 3 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “The first ten minutes of “The Space Between Us” are so stiffly written and insanely improbable I was convinced that I’d hate the movie. But two hours later, I ended up kind of liking it.”

The Seattle Times observes, “The nonstop silliness of this picture leaves one choking on stifled laughter.”

Variety thinks, “Rarely has a teen melodrama gone so far — or fallen so flat — in a bald attempt to wring sympathy for an impossible romance. “

Entertainment Weekly gives the film a C rating, and further notes, “Directed by Peter Chelsom (Serendipity) from a screenplay by Allan Loeb (Collateral Beauty), The Space Between Us attempts to take young love to literally new heights before crash-landing into an earthbound hash of schmaltzy clichés and romantic absurdities.”

New York Post says, “Director Peter Chelsom (“Hannah Montana: The Movie”) and screenwriter Allan Loeb (“Collateral Beauty”) squander countless opportunities to make this fish-out-of-water story intellectually curious or even much fun.”

Boston Globe gives the movie 2 stars, and further notes, “Oh well. “The Space Between Us” will have to do until its audience grows up a little and learns what better movies look and sound like.”

The New York Times finds, “The movie is consistently tougher to resist than it might seem.”

USA Today gives the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, and further writes, “A Mars chocolate bar being happily eaten by a kid from the red planet is the least cheesy aspect of The Space Between Us, a sappy and ridiculous teen romance that’s wholly unconvincing in its young love.”

According to Tampa Bay Times, “The Space Between Us is romantic science fiction with zero gravity and less to recommend.”

Arizona Republic gives the movie 2 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Armed with a good cast and an intriguing premise, “The Space Between Us” nevertheless fails to launch.”

Austin Chronicle thinks, “There is a certain sweetness to this teen romance and Gardner’s naive fascination in the newly discovered wonders of Earth. But there is so much that is dopey, on both a scientific and emotional level, that The Space Between Us strikes with the impact of a crash landing.”

The Globe and Mail gives the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, and further writes, “A shameless pastiche of Starman’s alien-on-Earth sci-fi, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble’s medical pathos and any number of young-lovers-on-the-run stories, The Space Between Us may set back the Earth-Mars relationship light years.”

Consequence of Sound finds, “As with Collateral Beauty, Loeb piles on the ridiculous narrative twists to eye-rolling effect. The last twenty minutes of The Space Between Us are a rollercoaster ride of changing motivations, baffling character reveals, and overblown dramatic gestures that completely defy belief.”

Empire Online gives the movie 2 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “An interesting premise fails to ignite amid an underwritten central romance and some clichéd plotting. An often eye-rolling ride.”

Indiewire says, “The film is undone by the wobbly dynamic between its romantic leads.”

Movie Nation observes, “The science is sloppy, the sentimentality is sloppier in “The Space Between Us,” a sci-fi romance pairing up agreeable leads in a cut-and-paste script.”

According to MTV News, “The Space Between Us has admirable ambition, even though none of it works. Sure, the romance is a bust and the script is a howl. Yet every so often, Butterfield becomes infatuated with a new earth treasure…and for a moment, the film reminds us that there are things on this planet worth risking your life for.”

ReelViews thinks, “The Space between Us is what it looks like when a promising premise is betrayed by a dumbed-down, hackneyed screenplay.” gives the movie 1.5 stars, and further notes, “It’s kind of an intriguing premise, even if it plays a bit like a “Muppet Babies” version of “Starman,” with an appealing lead performance from wide-eyed Brit Asa Butterfield. But the sci-fi/mystery element of the film works far better than the romance between Butterfield and an annoyingly feisty Britt Robertson as his interplanetary pen pal, and the whole thing ultimately collapses in a heap of unintentionally hilarious melodrama.”

Rolling Stone finds, “While director Peter Chelsom (Funny Bones, Serendipity) can functionally guide his cast through their derring-do and dewy-eyed paces, neither he nor screenwriter Allan Loeb can steer the whole endeavor out of Clichéville U.S.A.”

According to Slant Magazine, “The Space Between Us is simply disappointing when it isn’t trying to browbeat its audience into emotional submission.”

A.V. Club gives the film a D rating, and further writes, “Inexplicably not based on a hit YA novel, The Space Between Us is basically E.T. by way of Nicholas Sparks. It’s the kind of processed-cheese tearjerker, completely devoid of shame, that can harden even the easiest criers into heckling cynics.”

The Playlist says, “This is a saccharine science fiction romance that doesn’t actually concern itself with science fiction or romance; instead, it’s the equivalent of astronaut ice cream, lacking in substance and crumbling to bits at the slightest pressure.”

TheWrap finds, “It’s hard not to engage in eye-rolling over what already promises to be one of 2017’s worst movies: The Space Between Us spends so much time piling one daffy, laughable plot beat upon another that it never bothers to nail down the characters.”

The Film Stage gives the movie a C rating, and further notes, “It’s a sci-fi-teen-rom-actioner, if you will, and I mean that in the worst way possible. This is a film that doesn’t stick with any genre, but instead clumsily navigates between all three, ultimately leaving the viewer feeling shortchanged in every area.”

Time thinks, “If you dare to keep track, the dumb stuff in The Space Between Us piles up quickly…. But it’s not as easy to make fun of the mild sweetness at the heart of the movie.”

Time Out London observes, “The Space Between Us is mostly harmless. But it won’t come close to troubling your heartstrings, let alone the space between your ears.”

According to We Got This Covered, “The Space Between Us is not without bright spots (celestial production design dazzles, Butterfield’s niceties are refreshing in today’s day and age), but it’s ultimately more a slog than serendipitous romance.”


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