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The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

What's your favorite thing about Earth?Jan. 26, 2017 USA121 Min.PG-13
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8.7 1,794 votes

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Cast

Asa Butterfield isGardner Elliot
Gardner Elliot
BD Wong isGenesis Director Chen
Genesis Director Chen
Gary Oldman isNathaniel Shepherd
Nathaniel Shepherd
Janet Montgomery isSarah Elliot
Sarah Elliot
Trey Tucker isHarrison Lane
Harrison Lane
Lauren Myers isAlice Meyers
Alice Meyers

Synopsis

A young man raised by scientists on Mars returns to Earth to find his father.

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Original titleThe Space Between Us
IMDb Rating6.4 14,775 votes
TMDb Rating6.9 183 votes

(88) comments

  • Kapten VideoFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    Pinocchio from Mars

    You know how it goes. The boy (Asa Butterfield) meets the girl (Britt
    Robertson), there’s mutual liking and they want to meet… but there’s
    a space between them. So he will travel to Earth from the Mars colony
    where he was born.

    Also starring: Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and B.D. Wong, because even
    the coolest teenagers need some adults around.

    ”The Space Between Us” rides on the current wave of Young Adult, or YA
    for short, novels and movies which has dowsed the cinemas for the last
    ten years or so.

    It’s still about romance, some sci-fi and action like the most of them
    (or at least the most popular of them) but it brings some refreshing
    changes to the menu.

    It’s based on an original screenplay and not novel. It offers sci-fi
    and action without relying on done to death YA clichés (dystopian
    society, dating or fighting supernatural beings, etc). It puts
    characters in real danger so you can’t always predict whether
    everybody’s gonna make it. It doesn’t have clear-cut good and bad
    guys…

    And last but by far not least, the movie has a nice classic Steven
    Spielberg-ian feel which puts the sense of wonder and adventure back to
    sci-fi which, in my humble opinion, is often missing or buried under
    all those visual effects and pizazz setpieces.

    Even good old Spielberg himself is not always able to pull it off: the
    movie makes you actually care about the characters because there’s a
    real human backbone to the story. It’s entertainment but it also has
    heart.

    All this rests very much on the lead man Asa Butterfield who was 18
    during the filming and turns 20 this April.

    Former child star of ”The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, Scorsese’s
    ”Hugo” and ”Ender’s Game” fame, this guy has grown to become a fine
    young actor indeed.

    I very much enjoyed his soft but sure performance as an innocent and
    fragile alien braving the world unknown to him. He has found a
    seemingly perfect balance between strange, childlike and soulful that
    the role asks of him, and I’d be glad to see him getting some awards or
    nominations for this standout work.

    He even has this memorable, Pinocchio-ish appearance and style of
    moving which seems suitable for a person not used to Earth’s gravity.

    The other characters stay more in the background, so this turns out to
    be Asa Butterfield’s show, and he more than fulfills the promise.

    The next most interesting performance comes from Oldman who ventures in
    the land of brashness and theatricality, in a good way. The aging
    thespian hasn’t offered this kind of colorfulness for quite some time
    (in a big movie, at least) and I enjoyed it to the point of feeling
    that his character was underused. Holding him in the background makes
    sense in the context of a whole story, though.

    If you find my score surprisingly high, please remember that it’s made
    for a YA crowd, or at least a teenager in all of us. I would not
    recommend it alongside 8 out of 10 movies made for older viewer groups.
    Probably.

    But 8 is not too generous. I liked ”Space” very much and its overall
    quality more than compensates a shallow story which surely would work
    better longer. This could be a bona fide modern classic if the
    characters and events had more room to develop and breathe. Maybe in
    the form of (mini-)series or something.

    If you like ”The Space Between Us” and look for something similar to
    watch, I would recommend 2014’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” for moving YA
    story, or 2015’s ”Tomorrowland” as an uneven but good example of how to
    combine sci-fi and action in a YA movie.

    I choose to end this review with an off-topic anecdote which I just
    happen to like very much:

    Q: Why did astronaut leave his wife? A: He needed more space

  • UnnieFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    Not that great

    Saw an advanced screening:

    Plot felt very, very rushed & at many time unrealistic. Britt
    Robertson’s acting was too forced and her character itself was
    annoying. She was really rude, hitting Gardner upon meeting him for the
    first time, criticizing and demeaning him. All that lovey dovey stuff –
    again rushed. Also, that plot twist with the dad was very convenient.

    I know people will not like my opinion but for the last 45 minutes I
    was just on my phone half the time because watching those two together
    was /r/cringe. My friend, on the other hand, who likes these types of
    movies thoroughly enjoyed this movie so watch at your own risk!

  • lgxdFebruary 1, 2017Reply

    Fits for ages 12-15

    I went to see the movie as an accompanying adult with my little sister
    and her friends, who are all 13. The plot seemed promising at first. A
    kid born on Mars, that’s a cool take on Martians, right?. That was not
    the case. About 30 minutes into the film, I started twitching in my
    seat, about how little sense it all made. Got worse the more it went
    on. In my opinion, it was a mediocre story built around a great initial
    idea. I can’t rant without spoiling, so I’ll just say that the love
    story is weak and develops too fast. The kids are supposed to be 16 in
    the film, yet the 22+ looking Britt Robertson makes Asa Butterfield
    look more 14 than 16. In my opinion, it’s unrealistic and pointless to
    see unless you are into a super super easy watch and won’t get
    disturbed by stuff like 3 inch thick see-through laptops 16 years into
    the future; 16-year-olds crashing a plane into a building and jumping
    off on the last minute before a great explosion like Bruce Willis in
    Die Hard; half the movie being 16-year-olds making out and stealing
    cars; and of course a super predictable ending.

  • Amari-SaliFebruary 2, 2017Reply

    The Space Between Us is cheesy and cute and while it has experienced a series of delays, it seems more so to avoid serious competition than because it is a terrible movie.

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  • industrialwonkFebruary 2, 2017Reply

    Wholesome (by Chinese Production Standards) Teen Feel Good Movie

    This movie had the feel of an old and outdated Disney flick. The movie
    was neither bad nor good, it was interesting but just a little bit off.

    If you provide the money for a film production you the right to shape
    how the movie gets made, what cultural values the film portrays, the
    tone of the film, and the substance of the story and the characters.
    This story had a few uplifting moments, it was filmed well, it had
    interesting characters, it had a weak story from a science fiction
    point of view, but something was foreign about the sense and
    sensibilities of this production. The film was ”culturally foreign”
    because it was produced by Chinese money.

    Will Chinese movies that are produced in America be able to improve?

    I don’t think a modern American teenager would find anything in common
    with this movie. The movie was culturally connected to China and thus
    it was totally disconnected with American realities.

    Perhaps this movie would play better in China.

    I am of the opinion that this film was misshaped by the lens of the
    funding source, in this case a major Chinese production company that
    has bought up a good swath of Hollywood. To draw and analogy with food;
    this movie did not taste ”American” nor as a ”foreign-film: was
    providing us with authentic or even good ”Chinese food.”

  • williamollertonFebruary 3, 2017Reply

    Great love story

    Don’t be confused, this is a teen romance picture. It’s just that one
    teen is from Earth, and the other is from Mars. I actually found it
    very sweet. Mars boy without a clue, and Earth girl with all the
    answers. Great acting, great direction, fantastic score. The special
    effect were a bit dodgy. This film was was supposed to come out in
    August, then pulled to December, and now it’s released in February.
    Please see this film!!! I found it very uplifting. The performances of
    Asa Butterfield, Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and BD
    Wong are fantastic. I have to keep writing because IMDb won’t let a
    review of anything less than 10 lines ling post. Did I mention this is
    a kid friendly film? Thank you.

  • joeripkenFebruary 3, 2017Reply

    Valentine’s Day date flick, 10% Sci-Fi, 90% teen romance set in 2034.

    ”What’s your favorite part about earth??

    Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson star as the disaffected lovers
    separated by 140 million miles. Of the two, Asa’s performance is more
    robotic (at least partly intentional due to the character’s unique
    circumstances), while Britt steals the show as she teaches her friend
    from another planet how to feel, and connect, and love.

    ”Courage is just fear that has said it’s prayers.”

    Don’t come expecting to see satisfying sci-fi, 2034 Mars is just the
    setting for the story between two teens searching for connection,
    finding it in the ultimate long distance relationship.

  • FilmReviewer835February 4, 2017Reply

    A decent story, but with awful execution.

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  • Dave McClain ([email protected])February 4, 2017Reply

    ”The Space Between Us” is creative, entertaining and touching, but noticeably flawed.

    The 2017 adventure-drama-romance ”The Space Between Us” (PG-13, 2:00)
    is the tale of two teens… played by Asa Butterfield and Britt
    Robertson, who shine as two of the most promising young adult actors of
    the 2010s. At just eight years old, Butterfield anchored the underseen
    Holocaust drama ”The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”. At 10, he filmed the
    title role in Martin Scorsese’s ”Hugo” which became a Best Picture
    Oscar nominee and earned Butterfield several young actor accolades,
    including a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer. In
    the ensuing years, he starred in high-profile film adaptations of the
    novels ”Ender’s Game” and ”Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar
    Children”. For her part, Robertson has received similar awards
    recognition, but mostly for very different kinds of roles. In her teens
    and very early 20s, she appeared in the films ”Keeping Up with the
    Steins”, the Steve Carell comedy ”Dan in Real Life”, ”Scream 4” and
    ”The First Time”, followed by a few short-lived TV series including
    ”Life Unexpected” and ”Under the Dome”. Her film career really started
    to take off with roles in ”White Rabbit”, the adaptation of the
    Nicholas Sparks’ novel ”The Longest Ride” and the under-appreciated
    ”Tomorrowland”. Pretty impressive resumes for this stage in their
    careers! But before their careers reach the proverbial stratosphere,
    Movie Fans get to see the two rising stars in an on-screen
    stratosphere, part of a romance that’s ”Out of This World”, as the film
    was originally titled.

    ”The Space Between Us” follows the life of Gardner Elliot
    (Butterfield), the first person born on Mars, who wants nothing more
    than to come to earth. Astronaut Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery),
    unaware that she’s pregnant, is going into space, leading the first
    group of humans to actually live on Mars. At the end of her long trip
    to the Red Planet, she goes into labor. Sarah delivers a healthy baby
    boy, but dies immediately afterward, which creates a long list of
    complex problems. The private company which financed the Mars colony
    (known as ”East Texas”) is concerned about a probable public relations
    nightmare (and possible resulting loss in their funding) – but is also
    very worried about how the young boy caught in the middle of this
    situation will grow and develop – physically (in Mars’ gravity) – and
    emotionally (with no parents to care for and raise him). After the
    company’s board discusses all of the implications of the situation,
    Nathaniel Shepherd (Gary Oldman), the company’s visionary creator, and
    Tom Chen (BD Wong), the company’s CEO, agree to lie to the world about
    the reason for Sarah’s death, keep her infant son’s very existence
    classified and leave the boy on Mars to grow up in ”East Texas”.

    Gardner ends up being raised by scientists, but mostly astronaut Kendra
    Wyndham (Carla Gugino), who looks after him and is the closest thing he
    has to a mother, but it’s not the same as actually knowing his own
    mother. When we see him as a 16-year-old, his intelligence is obvious,
    but we’re also aware that he has never had a friend (or even met
    anyone) his own age. He builds a robot with rudimentary AI, but it’s
    not the same as having an actual best friend. He has struck up a Skype
    friendship with a teenage girl who goes by the nickname of Tulsa
    (Robertson), but Gardner has to lie to her about who and where he
    really is. Tulsa is a foster kid who was abandoned by her parents when
    she was four and has been transitioning from bad foster home to bad
    foster home ever since. Tulsa is jaded and a little bitter, while
    Gardner is naïve and optimistic, but their shared longing to break out
    of their current circumstances helps them to bond, along with their
    shared experience of not having been raised by their birth parents.

    When the doctors at East Texas come up with a medical procedure that
    solves some of the physical challenges Gardner would encounter in
    earth’s gravity, those at NASA and at Shepherd’s company who always
    wanted Gardner to have his chance to visit earth finally prevail and
    Gardner is prepared for his first trip from the Red Planet to the Blue
    Planet. When he arrives, he is immediately placed in quarantine while
    doctors run tests to determine whether he would be in any medical
    danger on earth. Anxious to experience earth for himself, and worried
    that the scientists are going to send him back to Mars, he escapes and
    makes his way to Colorado to meet Tulsa. She is very skeptical when he
    tells her the truth about his background, but she helps him evade
    Shepherd and Kendra (who are desperately searching for Gardner) and the
    two teens go on a road trip to fulfill Gardner’s ultimate goal of
    finding his father.

    ”The Space Between Us” is creative, entertaining and touching, but
    noticeably flawed. Butterfield is perfectly cast and exudes an earnest
    sweetness that is captivating, while Robertson does her usual excellent
    work, but doesn’t feel like the best fit for her role. For comparison
    (even if it requires referencing movies from different generations),
    this one is reminiscent of 2014’s ”The Fault in Our Stars” as well as
    the 1976 made-for-TV movie ”The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”. This
    movie’s premise is inspired – and screenwriter Alan Loeb’s focus on the
    budding romance between Gardner and Tulsa personalizes the story – but
    the improbability of much of the plot almost pushes it from science
    fiction into fantasy. Director Peter Chelsom strikes a good balance
    between the drama and the natural humor that would arise from the
    situations in such a story, but has trouble effectively blending the
    larger-than-life tale with the very personal saga at the film’s core.
    Still, there are some cool twists. This movie is enjoyable, but there’s
    too much space between its potential and its execution. ”B”

  • whitbyscallyredFebruary 4, 2017Reply

    A lost boy who wanted to see the world!

    This is basically a movie about two teenagers on the run. They meet for
    the first time. The girl is streetwise and assertive. The boy is geeky
    and naive. They drive off through an America with lots of great
    scenery, and there’s humour and romance and some feel good music. This
    is what is at the heart of the movie and it works well.

    What doesn’t work well is the back story, about the boy being born on
    mars. It makes for a pretty uneven film that starts out as a sci-fi
    movie with a crew of astronauts heading out to the stars, then morphs
    into something completely different. The special effects in space are
    wasted, because this part of the story didn’t really need to be shown.
    Plus, some of the incidental music doesn’t work too well.

    The makers should’ve just stuck to the story of a lost boy who wanted
    to see the world, and a girl who just didn’t fit in and was willing to
    show it to him.

  • Camryn HFebruary 4, 2017Reply

    Fantastic plot idea, mediocre outcome.

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  • shakedshlosbergFebruary 4, 2017Reply

    The space between us

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  • monstermayhem32February 4, 2017Reply

    A touch tale of romance and self discovery

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  • bruce-arringtonFebruary 4, 2017Reply

    Fun sci fi for teens

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  • bkrauser-81-311064February 5, 2017Reply

    Where No Romance Should Have Gone Before

    ”What is your favorite thing about earth?” Asa Butterfield repeats his
    naive prompt throughout the film like he’s the guileless test subject
    of a viral campaign. And as luck would have it he is; in addition to
    being the poster child for Ford, Sam’s Club, Dream Chaser and Cicret
    Bracelets. ”Dreaming” responds a minor character. A good answer, anyone
    with any understanding of plot could have dreamed up a better movie in
    their sleep.

    The Space Between Us uses theoretical interplanetary settlement as a
    jumping off point for earthbound romance. Our protagonist Gardner
    (Butterfield) is the very first human born on Mars. His birth on the
    red planet is seen by the powers that be as a potential PR nightmare.
    That in conjunction with Gardner’s Martian physiology necessitates a
    sixteen year cover-up resulting in a young boy raised by scientists and
    socialized by movies and books. Fortunately the same company that was
    cruel enough to keep Gardner on Mars, agrees to bring him back. Gardner
    is elated, partially because he’ll finally be able to experience this
    beautiful blue marble of ours, but also so he can finally meet Tulsa
    (Robertson), a girl he’s kindled a friendship with.

    As with last years Collateral Beauty (2016), also written by Allan
    Loeb, The Space Between Us noticeably sidesteps any serious moral
    questions and instead pumps enough sugar into this thing to kill a
    horse. Gary Oldman is cast as a Richard Branson-type space entrepreneur
    whose scenes with BD Wong and Carla Gugino could have yielded earned
    insights but instead all of his shrieking becomes tangled in pointless
    plot reveals that at best provide a time clock and at worst make no
    sense.

    But hey, I get it, if The Space Between Us wants to be nothing more
    than A Walk to Remember (2002) in space fine. Never mind that the
    science is shabbily researched, and the editing makes the finished
    product resemble Swiss cheese. So long as the film has something
    worthwhile to say, the prime demographic can walk away with their heads
    held high, knowing they watched something passable.

    Alas the film not only doesn’t deliver on the very fundamental
    functions of storytelling, it downright s**ts on those fundamentals to
    justify its own existence. ”If people just walked around saying what
    they felt, who knows, the whole world might wind up happy!” Tulsa says
    in the throws of a insolent fit. The scene isn’t meant to justify a
    budding relationship between our two adolescent runaways but instead
    feels like the screenwriter is trying to justify his own shoddy work.
    He’s pretty much saying, ”yeah these characters are unreal but at least
    they can be happy!” Fact is, if you’re not immediately won over by The
    Space Between Us’s saccharine unearned romanticism you’ll be rolling
    your eyes to the point of induce nausea. If however you find
    Butterfield’s Frankenstein Monster walk or Britt Robertson’s
    tough-cookie act somehow appealing then maybe you can still have a good
    night filled with giddy unintentional hilarity. As for me, my favorite
    part about earth right now is the fact that I only ever have to watch
    this crap once.

  • billandbonnieFebruary 5, 2017Reply

    Good film

    It’s rare that I find a movie that my wife and I both like. She’s more
    of a Hallmark movie type; I’m a little more cerebral. But we both
    enjoyed it. Sure, there are some implausible plot points and bad
    science, but not enough to destroy the movie. I’ve seen worse science
    in some of the Star Trek films. I wish they had budgeted enough for a
    more plausible future; going to Sam’s and playing 2016 Yamaha keyboards
    probably bugged me more than anything else There’s some nice
    camera-work and a sweeping score. The ending is good enough –
    satisfying but not too cheesy. The two kids bring you into the story.
    Get off your high horse and enjoy it.

  • pdofakFebruary 6, 2017Reply

    Not that bad

    Okay, I’m old school dude. Like Golden Age of Science Fiction old.
    Maybe I’m too tolerant. But I’m not the only one! There is a lot of
    slamming going on here. The truth is this isn’t a bad movie. If you
    want to be cynical then go right ahead and not enjoy yourself. This
    isn’t science fiction. It’s fantasy. Most of the gripes I read are
    legit. There are plenty of things that aren’t scientifically correct.
    The plot is a new twist on an ancient concept. It’s a STORY. I like the
    movie because it was fun to watch. Entertaining. And for a change, not
    a shot was fired except for rockets. So cut it a little slack and go in
    and be entertained.

  • tabunoFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    Love that’s almost out of this world

    With great pacing, good editing, and energizing use of melodious music,
    this transcendent love story avoids the typical hyped-up special
    effects (that are amazing but remain appropriately in the background
    except when a character’s own experience makes into the main part of
    the theme of the scene), overly dramatic action adventure like The
    Demolition Man (1993) and focuses primarily on the emotional evolution
    of special relationships that matter to human beings. Gary Oldman
    finally gets of delicate and surprisingly riveting role if one pays
    careful attention, unlike his overly serious, rather superficial role
    in Lost In Space (1998) or even the more traditional yet still
    two-dimensional character from The Dark Knight (2008) and maybe more in
    line with his performance in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011).

    The melancholy of relationship bonding lost, found, threatened with
    lost, filled with regret, discovery, and longing are infused throughout
    this movie. Elements from D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) about a robotic boy, Kate &
    Leopold (2001) about a man from the 19th Century ending up in the 20th
    Century, Meet Joe Black (1998 with Brad Pitt playing death, or even The
    Prince and Me (2004). The storyline never veers off into the outrageous
    and keeps the plot pretty normally ”weird” and remains believable for
    the most part. Overall, this movie at its core remains human in its
    diversity and speaks to the power of connection as the most important
    human experience regardless of distance or time something that many
    movies don’t do as well.

  • cricket crockettFebruary 7, 2017Reply

    Billionaire Fat Cat Thomas Alva Edison was NOT a ”BADA$$” dude . . .

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  • lucasnochezFebruary 9, 2017Reply

    Film Review: The Space Between Us

    ”What is your favourite thing about Earth?”

    It may be such a simple yet overwhelming question, considering all the
    wonderful things that make up our world and each and every little thing
    that makes up all the good in all our individual lives. Yet one of my
    favourite slogans so far of 2017 is one that asks very deep and a heavy
    emotional response.

    Sadly, the slogan seems to be one of the very few deep parts that
    comprise director Peter Chelsom’s newest inspirational film The Space
    Between Us. The UK director seems to be on some sort of positive cinema
    boost, given his last film Hector and the Search for Happiness is a
    parabolic film about one doctor’s real life pursuit of life’s greatest
    gift.

    Sadly, with The Space Between Us, Chelsom’s handle on science fiction
    is very scarce, even though space accounts for a very small portion of
    his newest film. The Space Between Us is a love story through and
    through. Dabbling with elements of the who-dun-it narrative, as well as
    the coming of age story arc, Space is a modestly budgeted film with
    some great ambition that really doesn’t live up to the hype and one
    film that has its gaze far beyond the horizon. Think of it as a film
    that promises finding the gold at the end of the rainbow, only to
    really deliver Skittles, I mean, if Skittles are your thing.

    The cosmic love story begins well before either of our love birds began
    their courting, nearly two decades before, when a young and ambitious
    astronaut, Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery) and her crew, become the
    first group of individuals to colonize and inhabit Mars for four years.
    Placed in the care of their precarious and idealist leader and founder,
    Nathaniel Shepard (Gary Oldman), Nathaniel’s Genesis program partners
    with NASA to deliver Sarah and her sacrificial crew to the unknown
    planet of Mars. Given that all the numbers, scenarios and outcomes were
    already pre- planned, the one situation no one anticipated, was Sarah
    pregnancy. Giving birth and losing her life before she makes it to
    Mars, the Genesis program agrees to make the child’s birth a complete
    classified secret. Luckily, Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield) makes it
    safely to Mars, as we flash forward to Gardner’s adolescents. It is in
    Mars that Gardner grows up, interacting with the brightest scientists
    from NASA, who continue to occupy Mars, practically and implicitly
    contributing to Gardner upbringing, Gardner lacks many average teenage
    characteristics, despite his closest maternal relationship on the
    spaceship to botanist Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino). Gardner’s
    intellect is established quite early on, showing off how book smart and
    scientifically minded the youngster really is.

    Bored with nothing but causing chaos aboard the station, Gardner uses
    his smarts to trick everything and everyone on Mars. Learning of his
    secrecy to Earth early on, Gardner begins using the Wi-Fi (yup, they
    have internet in Mars) to make new friends on Earth. Concealing his
    true identity and current situation to an online friend and potential
    love interest Tulsa (Britt Robertson), the two spark a friendship that
    originated on an Orphan based online chat room. As the two orphans
    begin developing a closer relationship thanks to futuristic FaceTiming
    and instant messaging to one another, it becomes quite clear that
    Gardner is ready to finally venture to Earth, despite his physical
    boundaries and various health issues, including his oversized space
    heart, brittle bones, his foreignness to gravity and his very poor
    human social skills.

    While Gardner’s time spent on Mars is very limited, his caregiver and
    closest friend Kendra, begins campaigning for Gardner’s request to
    visit Earth, not only to finally see Tulsa, but to find out the
    identity of his father. Half way across the Universe, once on Earth,
    Gardner surprises Tulsa at school, where the two team up and break many
    laws in search of Gardner’s father. While discovering America, Gardner
    falls in love with Tulsa, and the two love birds steal their way to
    Arizona where they embark on an adventure that involves the Grand
    Canyon, hot air balloons and some pretty romantic locales.

    Sadly, Space is a project that has been in development for quite some
    time, having Asa attached since before he was casted as Ender Wiggin in
    the sci-fi Ender’s Game. While many cast and crew moved on, Asa
    remained attached with the project until it was green lit, with
    Robertson as his Tulsa. Unfortunately, while Robertson and Butterfield
    continue to prove their strong acting skills on screen, the two never
    really convince audiences of their love story and romance, sharing an
    almost big sister/little brother type relationship instead. Not that I
    want to pry and say age is just a number and its how you feel, but the
    tremendous age difference of seven years shows in troves during the
    film between Butterfield and Robertson; relaying a much more sibling
    like relationship, with kisses almost placed on-cue just for the simple
    fact to lure young people in, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Think
    of it as a script written much like the early drafts of Star Wars,
    before George Lucas knew he was going to make Luke and Leia brother and
    sister. Maybe its just a science-fiction thing? Sadly, since Hollywood
    is obsessed with the telling of love stories, it is easily felt that
    the relationship between Gardner and Tulsa would have worked much
    better without the forceful element of love.

    On top of the very unconvincing relationship between the two young
    stars, the production does what it can with its very modest budget, and
    absolutely does a wonderful job with its production design and sets,
    but really shows a very poor quality string of editing choice that
    really shows the narrative inconsistencies in the film.

  • Movie WatcherFebruary 9, 2017Reply

    The (Empty) Space Between (The Ears)

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  • subxerogravityFebruary 10, 2017Reply

    Nice Romantic young adult flick with a sci-fi back drop.

    On an trip to Mars, A woman has a child born on the planet. Unable to
    come to Earth the child grows up isolated with only adult scientist to
    talk to, but through the power of the internet he meets a friend who he
    is dying to get to Earth to see.

    It’s the type of movie you would call heart warming as the movie is
    able to melt your heart.

    Asa Butterfield seems to have mastered the fish out of water character.
    You could not help but to love watching him adjust to Earth’s gravity
    and other things they don’t have on Mars.

    So while I was slightly disappointed about how little sci-fi has to
    actually do with the story it’s still a great science fiction story.

    Really like it.

  • klezmerFebruary 13, 2017Reply

    excellent movie

    Space Between Us is a very well made movie with excellent acting. It a
    bit of a dead end ending when the two lovers are separated….BUT it
    reeks of sequel, as at the end, the super hot lady is taking training
    at NASA through the now retired NASA astronaut lady who adopted her. I
    foresee a future sequel of her flying to Mars and being reunited. OR,
    since the two displayed a very high degree of passion and love
    especially in the overnight sleeping bag scene, very possible of her
    being pregnant and child inherits the same problems as the father and
    both wind up living on Mars. The acting and story line and great and it
    makes the viewer really push and root for the two lovers. It appears
    that the two may have been married by the shaman that they had
    visited…..which posed a more important reason they should be
    together. Waiting for the next movie….and I hope soon.

  • ekil74February 14, 2017Reply

    Nice feel good movie

    Keeping the science fiction part out (as it makes no much sense, like
    how can Gartner send instant messages from Mars to Earth despite the
    distance… is it a superpower of the actor? He did the same in Ender’s
    Game), the idea is nice and well played. Asa and the others are good in
    their roles and you can see the chemistry building up between him and
    Tulsa. I could relate to Gartner joy and pain and disappointments as
    the movie rolled. It has some funny moments as well and a twist at the
    end that will make you reconsider some previous scenes… and ask few
    more questions.

    I would anyway recommend the movie, especially for the valentine
    period.

  • HellmantFebruary 15, 2017Reply

    Screw the critics!

    ‘THE SPACE BETWEEN US’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    A sci-fi teen romance, about a boy that’s born on Mars who wants to
    visit Earth, but it might kill him. The film stars Asa Butterfield,
    Britt Robertson, Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino. It was directed by Peter
    Chelsom, who’s also helmed a lot of other sentimental tearjerkers like
    this, and it was written by Allan Loeb, with Richard Barton Lewis and
    Stewart Schill. The movie has received mostly harshly negative reviews
    from critics, and it’s also bombed at the Box Office so far. I loved
    it!

    The story is set in the near future, when an astronaut who’s sent to
    Mars, named Sarah Elliot (Janet Montgomery), discovers she’s pregnant.
    Sarah decides to have the baby there, but she dies during childbirth.
    Knowing that it might kill the child, who’s named Gardner, to try to
    bring him home to Earth, the remaining astronauts raise him there on
    Mars. At 16, Gardner (Butterfield) decides that he really wants to
    visit his home planet, but the man in charge of the space mission,
    Nathaniel Shepherd (Oldman), is afraid that he won’t survive the visit.
    Gardner becomes obsessed with the idea though, and he also really wants
    to meet his father. A teenage girl, that he meets online, named Tulsa
    (Robertson), helps him.

    The movie is very sentimental; but I love sentimental movies, when
    they’re done right (like this one is). It’s well written, and acted
    (you can never go wrong with Gary Oldman). It’s also a very sweet, and
    quite touching, love story; and it’s about outcasts finding their way
    in life. I think it’s an extremely beautiful (and very well made)
    movie, and I don’t understand the critical hate against it (once
    again). Audiences, that have seen it, all rave about it (it has an
    average viewer rating of A-). The film kind of reminds me of
    ‘COLLATERAL BEAUTY’ (which was also written by Loeb), from the end of
    last year. I loved that movie as well, and the critics hated it. Screw
    the critics!

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  • drrealitycheckFebruary 17, 2017Reply

    I trust my judgment over unqualified movie critics every time.

    This is yet again the reason why I don’t believe in movie reviewers,
    who have no actual qualifications for their jobs. This was a wonderful
    movie in every way; acting, direction, humor, pathos, plot and theme.
    Most actual movie goers liked it. I saw La La land, which is expected
    to get all the big awards this year; it was very good, but not better
    than the above film, despite radically different kinds of reviews.

  • tomhancocks-63183February 18, 2017Reply

    Excellent

    At first I thought it was not my kind of film as I’m more of an action
    film myself. However I can honestly say this film is quite astonishing.
    A film that I did not want to end and just wanted to keep watching.
    Definitely a must see, it won’t suit everyone but like I said at first
    it didn’t suit me and I loved it. Let’s see a sequel!!!!

  • patsworldFebruary 18, 2017Reply

    Asa Butterfield Is Once Again Perfect

    I didn’t go into this movie expecting much – certainly not amazing
    space shots, or extraordinary visual artistry – but I was absolutely
    taken with this film. Asa Butterfield stole my heart away in the film
    Hugo and in this picture, he is once again ideally cast. He is
    wonderful as Gardner Elliot, the first baby born on Mars, trying to
    find himself, love, and what earth is all about. Carla Gugino as ‘the
    best mother he never had’ is also perfectly cast. I was impressed,
    also, by Gary Oldman. Britt Robertson as Tulsa, the street smart kid
    Gardner connects with on earth is okay, but why is it that every time I
    look at her I see a young Renee Zellweger before she had her face
    totally redone and became somebody else? I think it’s maybe the mouth,
    not sure, but I kept seeing Zellweger anyway. Not that she didn’t do a
    good job, because she did. Perhaps a bit over the top on occasion, but
    that’s likely due to her script more than anything. All in all, this is
    a beautiful story. And I was surprised to see places here on earth with
    a new eye – ”What’s your most favorite part about Earth?” – and the
    beauty of it all. The sensory overload in Las Vegas was absolutely
    believable and fitting. I really did enjoy this movie and will likely
    buy it when it comes out in DVD. I liked it that much.

  • Jimmy PhilibusterFebruary 24, 2017Reply

    This is the movie you watch while waiting for something else important to happen.

    This is my first time reviewing a movie on IMDb. Why? Because, this
    movie needs one. I felt so bad for Gary Oldman. I mean, I know he’s
    getting paid for it and all, but it felt like a waste of talent.

    I don’t know if I’m not the right demographic (age 27) or what, but if
    I had one word to describe this movie it would be ”cringeworthy.” While
    watching the cinema, I wished I had a turtle shell, so I hide myself
    from the terrible script, the random shaky shots, the terrible music
    (okay there was this one song I liked, the one she plays while inside
    the truck), the blatant attempt to do interracial mixing that lasts for
    5 seconds of a five hour movie.

    Why did I watch this? Why didn’t I watch Hidden figures instead. Money
    wasted. Time wasted. Do not go to the cinema to watch this. Don’t even
    wait for it on DVD. Don’t even pirate it. One day when you’re at
    someone’s office or waiting in the lobby somewhere, this movie is going
    to come on. This is the movie you watch while waiting for something
    else important to happen.

  • Gerald DunhamMarch 8, 2017Reply

    A disappointing venue for Asa Butterfield

    Well, saw this in the theater last night…

    As a huge fan and admirer of Asa Butterfield’s talent… I was really
    looking forward to this…

    Instead…??? I found a childish plot, sloppy storytelling, poor
    direction, questionable acting performances… and the major plot
    twist… basically telegraphed, from the start.

    So sad… Asa Butterfield deserves FAR BETTER motion pictures than this
    poor excuse for a motion picture…

    What was he thinking, when he signed on for this lame project???
    Next???

  • vriddheegMarch 9, 2017Reply

    boring

    check my review here https://alittleofallblog.wordpress.com

    I expected this movie to be intriguing and entertaining, in turn, it
    was boring. Asa Butterfield was pleasant to watch, Britt Robertson is
    hard working but always lacks chemistry with all her co-stars.
    Nathaniel Shepherd played by Gary Oldman is a dick, greedy and selfish
    earlier in the movie. Janet Montgomery plays Asa’s mom, and she is so
    cute and charming. I liked how a girl was heading the team

  • maat-33737March 10, 2017Reply

    While you are here and alive, love is a powerful force, beautiful images and beautiful story

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  • phoenix 2March 10, 2017Reply

    Good enough

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  • paytonMarch 13, 2017Reply

    Great Movie!

    This movie was a good Sci-Fi adventure movie mixed with some romance
    and fantasy. My friends and I went to see this together and we all
    loved it. It has the perfect amount of adventure, cliffhangers, plot
    twist, and romance. The ending definitely leads me to believe there
    might be a second movie. This movie can be a bit cheesy at times, but
    all around I thought it left a great message. I like how one of the
    characters that isn’t from Earth goes from living on Mars to Earth and
    there is a big change in environment and when he meets the girl from
    Earth that he has been instant messaging from Mars and follows her
    around like he knows what he’s doing. I also think that the two main
    actors, Asa Butterfield and Britt Robertson, did a great job portraying
    their characters and they were a perfect fit for their part.

  • beks76-41-642464March 17, 2017Reply

    A cynical take on romance

    OK first of this is very scientifically inaccurate and a little silly
    so if you can’t get over that then this movie isn’t for you. However
    once I ignored that it was a great movie not like most romance films.
    Whereas romance films are usually filled with nothing but hope this was
    just romantic moments in a world neither of them were meant for and the
    constant feeling that things wouldn’t work out. Great sense of humour
    which is as cynical as the rest of the film. It’s a constant battle
    between hope and reality – something most romance films ignore.

  • Neno CastleMarch 24, 2017Reply

    I don’t understand the Bad Reviews , I give this movie 10/10

    Honestly, I don’t know what’s wrong with the bad reviews, I wanted to
    type a review so I can make a little difference in here, I enjoyed the
    movie so much It has an incredible story (Long distance love) he is in
    mars and she’s on earth. Millions of miles, long way from home how
    cool. The movie also shows what will happen If someone was born in Mars
    and actually brought to Earth later. I found this movie very enjoyable
    and It has really great actors and it was a great experience. Don’t
    listen to the reviews that say this movie for 12-15 yr old. Nah…don’t
    listen to them and trust me when I say this movie was awesome.

  • turanic-23064March 25, 2017Reply

    A sweet Romantic Sci fi Love story

    I don’t know why there is so much hate for this film, but I think it’s
    probably because people stopped dreaming and tinder turned romance into
    shopping. This film is not an action packed ”Gravity”, nor it is as
    intense as ”Martian”, but being a single sci-fi nerd I enjoyed this
    film. Quite possibly it’s a film more targeted at men. Yes I get that
    in reality there is a communication delay between Mars and Earth, in
    reality we don’t have transparent notebooks yet, in reality a city on
    Mars is 50 years away from now, in reality no girl would wait a boy for
    7 months and then go through years of an astronaut training program to
    see him again(oh wait he ain’t even a dream man of every woman on
    Earth,50 Shades is that way>>). So boring realists, please just leave
    this film for hopeless romantics who dream about cities on Mars and a
    sweet tender teenage love…

  • nillobitMarch 25, 2017Reply

    lazy

    I WANTED to love this movie. But this movie needed at least two
    re-writes and they said no. The actors did their job but the story was
    weak. And it was so Ham-handed with the romantic bull. I am really
    angry in the sense that this will inspire Hollywood not to make scifi
    movies –

  • kajjjannMarch 25, 2017Reply

    Simply beautiful

    This must be one of the best movies I have seen in a long time! Asa is
    a wonderful, and extremely under appreciated actor. The movie had a
    great story and really fascinating takes on many subjects. A must
    watch, too bad it has not gained the attention it deserves. The
    director has made several interesting decisions, which all played out
    very well. I am truly impressed with the overall picture that was
    presented, but to truly make it justice I must once again go back to
    Asa Butterfield. While all actors in the movie are great, he is truly
    extraordinary. The way he is able to portray such a character, and
    doing it so well despite his young age, is remarkable. Hopefully this
    movie, or another movie soon, will open the eyes of the world for him,
    because if someone deserves more positive attention it is him.

  • michaelrthomsonMarch 25, 2017Reply

    Its OK

    Quite a number of the reviews I read prior to seeing this suggest it’s
    more of a teen movie, I can certainly understand why they would be
    saying that, the relationship elements, the social engagement ‘online’
    elements, but, there are some elements of this that seem woefully
    bizarre to me…

    Bitt, how old is she, about 28 right, at what point in her career will
    she stop playing a teenager? I mean wow, lucky her she is nearly 30 and
    still looks like she is 16, but, it also starts to seem just a little
    bit creepy.

    Speaking of creepy, the old Gary Oldman who freely admits he can’t do
    accents, is even more creepy in this film when one of the plot points
    is revealed, I won’t say what it is precisely but it certainly adds to
    the age related creepy factor in this movie.

    Finally, Asa, I like him and see him having much potential, but like
    Britt he looks like a teenager (he’s about to turn 20 according to
    IMDb), which in the context of his film does sort of work, but paired
    up with Britt, it’s just creepy, and in relation to the aforementioned
    plot point, how old was Gary Oldman when that happened… it’s all very
    Donald Trump age inappropriate creepy.

    Anyways, all that aside, the film wasn’t too bad, the premise worked
    well enough, the acting and special effects were generally pretty good.
    I didn’t find myself picking up my phone to distract myself which these
    days seems to be my measure of acceptable/good movie, turning the movie
    off is the measure of a bad movie obviously.

    Its entertaining enough, and in places you find yourself wanting a
    particular outcome to happen, even if at times you also want to slap
    the characters into sense.

    Overall its not a bad movie, the creepy weird age stuff aside. I am
    just hoping Asa gets more opportunities in the future to play different
    roles, similarly it would be lovely to see Britt play a grown woman for
    a change, and Gary, please stop doing accents and interfering with
    woman who are a quarter of your age you old perv *grin*

  • Aparna BhumiMarch 26, 2017Reply

    Love story of a Marsian who loves Earth

    The first human born on the planet Mars, craves to belong to Earth. He
    is in love with the feeling of feeling earth. His travel aims to to
    meet his father and bond better with the only girl he knew in the
    virtual world. Turns out we want to blend and belong to the grass (In
    this case, planet) on the other side. Space between us, a ROM-com that
    finds a space for science intermingling with sentiment.

  • arch-samar86March 26, 2017Reply

    Enjoyable movie for teenagers

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  • jrodgers-896-904307March 26, 2017Reply

    Something we could all use.

    Some of the reviews I have read must have come from those without a
    beating heart. I finally took the time to watch this film as the
    reviews were not great. I had an understanding it was a little sci-fi
    and a lot teenage love story going in. I found the screenplay to be
    brilliant by such young actors. I also understand there should be some
    fantastic things in a movie that includes sci-fi so while some of what
    the teenage couple set out to do seems unrealistic, it fits for what
    story the director and writer were trying to give us. I wish more
    adults could express the feelings this movie tries to tell us not to
    hide, and to enjoy every moment of life that is afforded to us. I found
    this movie not only heart warming but uplifting and inspiring. Thank
    you for such a much need film of this type. It has been a while. Take
    the fantastical with a grain of salt and pay attention to what it is
    trying to share, we may just all benefit from that thought process
    rather than the cynical one.

  • andipacurarMarch 27, 2017Reply

    Saved by the . . . .music

    Pretty little coming-of-age movie with a slightly dumb story line.

    But, hey, great music. As in – let’s be mean for a sec – if you haven’t
    got much else, throw in some great music – and one fantastic place (of
    course I mean the house by the sea!) – and there you go, you got
    yourself a passable movie.

    Localisation-wise, as I like to pay an eye to, it’s kinda blank too: it
    makes no significant mood difference between either of the planets in
    terms of music, colours, textures, etc. All pretty much the same.

  • robercik-97895March 27, 2017Reply

    Watch it yourself.

    Do not get confused by some comments. This is a very nice story. Well
    played. Despite all the space theme is very down to earth and emotional
    in the right sense. I remember about a week or two ago reading very bad
    review on this very site. After that probably most people will turn
    away from this movie. Don’t. It was I think some poor, lonely woman
    with loads of anger and just needed to sill it out. IMDb should read
    before posting reviews as they sometimes very misleading.

  • Gordon-11March 29, 2017Reply

    Enjoyable

    This film tells the story of a teenage boy who lives in a space colony
    on Mars all his life, without ever having been to the Earth. He longs
    for visiting the Earth to find his father, and sets out to experience
    the Earth for the very first time.

    I expected ”The Space Between Us” to be more science fiction, but it’s
    more romance. The plot is sweet and romantic, as Gardner strikes an
    unlikely friendship across planets. The girlfriend is believable and
    convincing as a young woman who faced trauma before. The scenery is
    beautiful and the ending is unexpectedly touching. I enjoyed watching
    it.

  • jakubpasMarch 29, 2017Reply

    Adventure, Drama, Romance but not SF

    I was confused because I expected SF movie. Unfortunately it is just
    another example of bad science in the movie. I takes 4 min for light to
    travel between Earth and Mars so you can’t chat or phone Earth because
    it needs 8 min to get response. The mars gravity is neglected in most
    of the scenes and scientists like in most SF movies are psychotic and
    not educated. Its just horrible drama and poor romance with bad acting.
    I feel pity for Gary Oldman.

  • stonypaulMarch 29, 2017Reply

    *** This review may contain spoilers ***

    The premise of the film made it sound right up my street so a film I
    was really looking to watching didn’t live up to my expectations,
    although I did enjoy it.

    The ending spoilt it a tad for me though. Tulsa seemed a directionless
    foster kid with no family ties on Earth and who ‘hated everybody’ so
    why didn’t she force the issue and go with him. That would have made a
    better film wouldn’t it? Or was it Tulsa being trained by Kendra right
    at the end in readiness to travel to Mars in a sequel?

    Apologies if these points have already been raised.

  • Goldie LocksMarch 30, 2017Reply

    This could be the worst movie of the year, so far.

    I tried to watch it till the end but just could not finish it. It’s
    hard to pinpoint why this movie sucks so bad because there are so many
    flaws. All I can say is that some people will waste time and money on
    this piece of garbage. Do yourself a favor, avoid this film because
    most people will be hugely disappointed.

  • AlexMarch 30, 2017Reply

    Reminiscent from the 80’s

    This flick is certainly not a master piece but it is far from boring or
    as cheesy as some said. It is a coming of age story with some
    interesting premises. The FX are not grandiose and Gardner(Asa
    Butterfly)’s life on Mars should have deserve more exposure just to get
    a bit more in his mind and because he grows up the colony on Mars, this
    would have make easier for us to emphasize with his feeling during his
    trip on Earth. Here we just see his birth and then we jump 16 years
    later with a new character, his mum figure, from whom we don’t know
    anything while she playing an important role in the story. Same for his
    pen pal Tulsa, it should have been a interesting story to see her grow
    up in parallel with her martian friend as she seem to had some hardship
    in her life as well. The rest of the movie is cute, but the lake of
    exposure for all the main characters stopped me to really feel for
    them. The end is conventional but fine they just should have avoid to
    write the obvious end twist has we got it almost from the beginning.

  • erick-palacios04March 31, 2017Reply

    Romantic Settings Are Everywere

    Romantic movies are now a cliché, the guy or girl who have to fight for
    the girl or guy, the weird kid who loves the most beautiful girl, an
    impossible love, etc, etc, etc. But when you do that in the perfect
    romantic setting, that’s the money right there, this time it’s a long
    way from a martian kid to an earthling girl, now that is original. The
    literally impossible love made possible by human technology.

    This is the story of a kid who was born in Mars who likes a girl from
    earth, and he does the impossible making the trip to earth to find that
    girl he loves. Romantic ideas are really dying? Maybe, but that helps
    writers to make this unlikely romantic setting. It is a very
    entertaining Science fiction teen romance, the thing is, how are
    romantic writers gonna top this?

    I have only one complain, Gary Oldman is the most experience and
    talented actor in this film, and sometimes i felt he was overacting,
    why is that? why?. But non the less, it’s a good film. Good job Peter
    Chelsom.

  • Keith BeeApril 1, 2017Reply

    must miss

    Sad remake of the movie ”The Boy in the Plastic Bubble”, without the
    excuse of being a made-for- TV movie or the excuse of it being 1976. I
    was going to say it was a pathetic excuse for a John Hughes teenybopper
    ripoff, but then I recalled Home Alone 3… If you’re over 13 years of
    age, probably not the movie for you.

  • grantgaylordApril 1, 2017Reply

    Actually pretty good

    I wasn’t that sure about the movie going in. The concept seemed great
    but the reviews were bombing this movie. I’ve seen Asa and Garry in
    many movies so I was curious to see how it would actually be.

    The movie was a lot better than expected. I think the key to enjoying
    it is to go in and not expect it to be a certain way. This isn’t meant
    to be a Sci fi, or a pure teen love story. It’s a conglomerate of a
    bunch of genres and ideas under one plot. After watching it it’s fair
    to say the themes the movies give and it’s execution are more than
    enough to justify this higher score.

    The acting was pretty good. I think Asa still has room to improve but
    there is zero doubt that he’s talented and is getting better each movie
    he does. The chemistry in movie between Robertson and Butterfield was
    better than I thought but needed work. It was clear they didn’t know
    each other that well and that had a lot of nervousness connecting, but
    that did more good than bad in the end since the story was trying to
    convey both of them as just meeting each other for real and unsure
    about how either really was. It isn’t until later on that they connect
    more which I think both actors executed well. I also believe most
    reviewers can miss out on the complexity in the relationship. There was
    a lot more to it than the average teen flick everyone has seen. The
    actors and lines conveyed how both seemed lost in the world, whether
    from unpopularity or not knowing how to be human. Through their
    relationship they both found a part of themselves they needed in life.
    Tulsa wore a facade that Gardner helped unmask, while Tulsa taught
    Gardner how to live. There was for sure a lot of cliché but it was a
    better executed cliché with the devil in the details making it worth
    while. It almost didn’t seem like cliché since there was so much more
    to each character and their connection. I would of liked to see more
    background/time for the characters to develop, but in general the
    relationship side of this movie was something I enjoyed.

    The movie was well executed. Just the details are enough for this. The
    way certain lines and concepts are brought back up, or little pictures
    and details to notice make this movie all the more enjoyable. The space
    between us was well directed, and while it’s box office isn’t great
    there was still some incredible people making this movie possible.

    The themes and emotions conveyed were the biggest for me. The movie
    preached an appreciation for earth and for one another, and motivates
    viewers to be more open with who they are. If you enjoy the ride as you
    go then you’ll have a good feeling at the end of the movie, and it may
    even keep you thinking.

    Overall, if you let it, the Space Between Us can be thrown off as a
    cool concept that in reality is nothing more than a generic teen drama.
    But, if you give it a chance and try to embrace the movie for what it
    is/appreciate its complexity, you can come out really appreciating the
    movie like I did.

  • Nicole CApril 1, 2017Reply

    Typical teen movie

    The concept of the film is pretty intriguing, but once you actually
    watch it, there are a lot of flaws that appear. The big one being: no
    female astronaut would have been able to go to space while pregnant. It
    was also quite dramatic, the way they made that scene. Anywho, you’ll
    just have to excuse all the questions that may arise when watching this
    film in order to enjoy it. I have been a fan of Asa Butterfield since
    watching him in Ender’s Game, and then realized that he was in The Boy
    in the Striped Pajamas, as well as in Hugo. All films that I enjoyed
    greatly. He’s making a lot of movies in different genres which show his
    versatility. While I did not especially like this film, he did his part
    pretty well. A true ‘Martian’, the filmmakers knew how to play this to
    their advantage, to create some comedic scenes. And Butterfield did
    well at expressing the emotions of his character to portray his
    cluelessness of being on Earth.

    His chemistry with Robertson is awkward at first, and doesn’t get much
    better. To be honest, they don’t really seem like a good fit together.
    She does look quite mature for him, and according to the dates on IMDb,
    she’s about 7 years older. She doesn’t look it, but he definitely looks
    quite young.

    Also, I guess there isn’t much substance behind the story. They are
    focused on that one mission to find his dad, and while obstacles come,
    everything is eventually fine and dandy. More backstory on the other
    characters would have been appreciated.

    Nonetheless, the visuals are quite well done, and some of the aerial
    shots provide a nice touch. There are also some songs in the soundtrack
    that I enjoyed listening to.

    Overall, an intriguing concept that suffers due to an insubstantial
    story.

  • EnkiduApril 2, 2017Reply

    The American ”Le petit prince” visited his red rose on earth

    The American ”Le petit prince” visited his red rose on earth The movie
    is about a kid who born in space and his mom passed away while giving
    birth to him. Asa Butterfield didn’t get out of his typical acting and
    we saw an innocent face, simple, smart, passionate (at-least in story
    line), sensitive with cute smile; but honestly his face was totally out
    of passion, just like a mannequin. First thing surprised me was the
    Fast communication speed between mars and earth in a movie which
    obviously is not happening in future, at-least not a far future. The
    little prince communicates with his red rose through Internet, having
    video call and everything is super fast without any delay. even when
    the director is watching him in space ship through CCTV cameras, the
    camera playing real time with no delay! It was not clear how could he
    travel to earth even his existence was so classified and sure nobody in
    NASA headquarter didn’t want him here. some very shallow lines with the
    homeless guy and some cute funny things to show he is not used to
    earth, like walking under rain or enjoying the automatic door of bus
    (am sure in that spaceship, an automatic door wont be a surprise),
    which i believe writer could do much better job. he wear the middle age
    mans clothes which surely was overweight but clothes was totally fit on
    him. He found the girl and she suddenly decided to help him to run from
    some strangers without even questioning him ( writer wants us put that
    on teenagers emotion), then she suddenly knew how to ride an old
    airplane and how to land it perfectly! they blow a horse stable, stole
    stuff in shops, stole car,… and you never see police putting charge
    on them, is like NASA is CIA and can silent all! there was tones of
    things happening without explanations like the writer was not patient
    enough to care about details and expect us to buy his teenage love
    scenes and visual effects. they meet the lord of the ring and we see
    another bad acting from the high on illusion girl and the so called
    spiritual guy. they find the mothers brother and we see a very bad
    acting from him. the he walks into the sea to die where he had seen his
    mom to walk on in the video. they take him the American le petit guy to
    his birds to take him bad to his planet and this time, it was the red
    rose going after him. the idea of movie was interesting, but actings
    were terrible, missing tones of details and ya, a movie which has been
    written and directed in rush!

  • Graeme PryceApril 2, 2017Reply

    A very under-rated film – if you aren’t expecting something totally different!

    I think this film is one of those that hasn’t always received good
    views because it’s difficult to work out exactly what genre it is
    supposed to be in. It’s got too much romance to really be sci-fi. It’s
    got too much sci-fi to really be a romance. It’s sci – fi isn’t
    believable enough for sci fi fans, but it still probably puts off a lot
    of the kind of audience it’s aimed at. It’s too serious to be a RomCom,
    but it’s a bit too whimsical and downright silly at times to be taken
    really seriously as well. It’s written and filmed like a grand, far –
    reaching epic tale, but it tells a really childlike and almost simple
    story. I won’t give any spoilers, but to be honest, it IS quite a
    predictable movie, but even that is something that is dealt with in a
    way that adds to the charm of the idea and makes it comfortable,
    familiar and easy to watch. It actually has a lot of aspects of very
    old and well tried themes from classic tales that were told long before
    NASA or bases on mars were ever conceived of. There is a little bit of
    Pinocchio, a bit of romeo and Juliet, things like that. Asa Butterfield
    plays a brilliant part and I can’t imagine many others who could have
    played the part so well. Gary Oldman isn’t as good, but still
    believable in his role and Britt Robertson is a bit challenged by some
    cheesy lines and character flaws, but still manages to play the part
    pretty well and is very likable throughout.

    It probably could have been 20 minutes shorter and been better for it.
    There are some pretty unbelievable scenes and it is kind of a strange
    film in many ways, but it’s a lovely story. It’s a really easy film to
    spend a couple of hours watching. It’s effects are very well done and
    look very convincing. In fact the whole movie is actually very nicely
    filmed, technically and it stands out as having good production values
    and standards. It’s a bit clunky here and there but it’s just plain
    nice and worth at least one watch for pretty much anyone. If it doesn’t
    cheer you up then you have a cold, cold heart!

  • yulimahheningApril 4, 2017Reply

    great

    do you even know why you’re sick? ’cause your heart its too big.

    earth doesn’t want me.

    the story is beautiful and new, romance and sci-fi together? never
    imagine that. I think this movie have a better ending than passengers
    does.

  • baker-tom711April 4, 2017Reply

    Fetch a bucket

    Unless you wish to become accustomed to vomiting in your mouth,
    swallowing it, and repeating ad nauseum, avoid this movie or fetch a
    sofa-side bucket. The ‘romance’ between the two main characters is
    cheesy and unconvincing and will make you sick to the teeth. He looks
    about 12, she’s probably pushing 30. All kinds of stupid and wrong. I
    give it a 2 just because its got ‘Mars’ in it.

  • John PlocarApril 9, 2017Reply

    Not all that good, far from being the worst Y.A. movie in the long line that have come out in the last several years.

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  • paraduxApril 13, 2017Reply

    Literally it is all about the stars (not the ones in the sky)

    The biggest mistake you could make with this Disney-esque piece of
    fluff is to take it too seriously. Or even just a little seriously.

    Basically, this is not THE MARTIAN, not even close, and you will be
    spared the indignity of watching someone use their own feces to grow
    food to survive.

    But you will also end up with so many plot holes you will be tempted to
    sell the extras on Ebay.

    The 3 stars carry the film.

    Butterfield is one of those rare actors who could make reading the
    phone book seem interesting.

    Gugino, as photogenic as ever, never seems less than sincere.

    Robertson continues to seek entry in Guiness as the most age-flexible
    actress on the planet. Once again, the mid-20’s Britt plays a high
    school student. In my lifetime I fully expect to see her in a movie
    where she plays herself, her own mother, and her own grandmother.

    The only casualty is Gary Oldman, a great actor who has played some of
    the best villains in Hollywood, and who seems totally lost here.

  • Kiki SaurApril 24, 2017Reply

    This whole film is just a gigantic plot hole.

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  • Mehedi Hasan BangladeshiApril 28, 2017Reply

    High hopes… then, disappointment

    As I’m a big science fiction fan, I had a huge expectation going in to
    see this film. The setup was perfect. First human to born in Mars,
    coming to visit Earth. I started to get all kinds of goosebumps. But,
    it wasn’t that good, as I’ve hoped for.

    I did tolerate most of the ‘nonsense’ science stuff. But, the misery
    didn’t end there. Other than that setup, it felt boring. Pacing wasn’t
    good. The story, made me question too many things. It’s a adventure,
    young -adult movie. Teenagers might like it more. Asa Butterfield was
    brilliant in his character. Gary Oldman seems over the top. Expecting
    more movies with this kind of setup, but with better story and better
    film making.

  • HitchslappedMay 1, 2017Reply

    It’s all about the right expectations

    I’m trying to rate this movie as it is and not what some people might
    expect. This is NOT a SciFi movie. This, I think, is the most important
    thing to know before watching this movie. It is a light-hearted romance
    for young teens, maybe around 14-15, with a little bit of space
    backstory. As such it is a very enjoyable movie. The cast has a good
    chemistry although the age difference between Robertson and Butterfield
    shows from time to time. If you are looking for accurate science or
    breath-taking pictures of space then this is not the movie for you. If
    you want a feel-good movie about a young love while relaxing on the
    couch then you might give this one a try.

  • Tony Heck ([email protected])May 1, 2017Reply

    very much worth seeing and one of the best date movies that has come along in a while

    ”My father’s somewhere on that thing, Earth.” Nathaniel Shepherd
    (Oldman) has finally seen his dream realized and the first crew has
    been sent to inhabit and colonize Mars. When one of the women that was
    sent gives birth to a son on the planet heirs worried as to what will
    happen to him. He has been trying everything he can to hide what
    happened from the world, but when Gardner (Butterfield) decides he
    wants to visit Earth to find his father it becomes a race against time.
    Nathaniel must find him before its too late. This is first and foremost
    a very good movie. The movie was just a little too predictable for me
    but did have enough twists and the ending wasn’t 100% what I expected.
    Even though the movie is science fiction there is still a large element
    of reality and nothing that was discussed or shown seems that far
    fetched. That element of reality really added to the impact of the
    movie. This is a sci fi love story that I really enjoyed and do
    recommend, even though it did tend to get a little cheesy in some
    parts. Overall, very much worth seeing and one of the best date movies
    that has come along in a while. I give this a B+.

  • tlarrayaMay 2, 2017Reply

    Watchable

    This movie is a little bit childish and I believe it will be enjoyed
    more by teenagers. However it is watchable and the special effects are
    good. The acting is also good. But it wasn’t as good as I had hoped. It
    ‘s not really a movie about Mars or how it could affect the first human
    born there but a love story between two teenagers.

  • NickKhMay 3, 2017Reply

    Beautiful, incredible story!

    This is a very original story and is very well presented in the movie.
    DO NOT listen to negative reviews! I saw the low ratings but watched it
    anyway because I was intrigued by the idea of the plot and I am glad I
    watched it!! You will see from the very start that it’s an enjoyable
    film. It is very easy to watch, very entertaining, and actually pretty
    unpredictable. I loved where it went and actually teared up a bit by
    the end. Didn’t expect at all to be moved, considering all the negative
    reviews, right? But the movie should be taken as a young adult film,
    not some scientific heavy loaded epic that some critics were expecting.
    I loved the scenery, the colors, the CGI was amazing, the acting was on
    top, the plot was original and interesting. Too bad it got bad reviews
    because the sequel would have been great too. There is much left to
    continue the story. Great film! I absolutely recommend it!

  • Bbing Villarojo SaranilloMay 4, 2017Reply

    Touching Movie

    A nice movie to watch. My heart bleeds when an intelligent &
    inquisitive boy return into his homeland. But can’t wait when his love
    of his life will become an astronaut too. Despite the distance and the
    loneliness good thing is he is with his father now. ”What is your
    favorite thing on Earth?”

    Hoping for a part 2 when Tulsa finally become an Astronaut. And made a
    2nd Person born in planet Mars….

  • stylekatMay 5, 2017Reply

    Ohhhh

    Watch the first 5 minutes… Gary Oldman (superb actor)… horribly
    dialogue… (he played Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK FFS!)… Why doesn’t
    Gary get better rolls? Does Gary get a say regarding the script? If
    so,…. what happened here? Did I just ask the last 3 questions because
    IMDb requires a minimum of 5 line to make a post.

    Yes, yes I did. But Gary is still awesome.

  • rileynicholsondMay 5, 2017Reply

    Great idea, poor execution.

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  • Dan PopMay 5, 2017Reply

    The beginning was great

    That’s all about this movies that was great. The end was literally the
    worst part, that practically ruined then movie. It’s like the writers
    got tired of writing the movie and the last assistant ended up
    finishing the script. Thanks for ruining another great movie you
    bastards…

  • YardBoyMay 6, 2017Reply

    Great moral compass for tweens

    I liked the first 23 minutes. The sci-fi story had great potential: –
    smart female leading the astronauts – humanistic and scientific insight
    to pregnancy at low gravity – initial Mars colony

    Then it became a YA (YoungAdult) love story with several life lessons.
    Not sure why it cost $30M to make.

  • colonneselMay 6, 2017Reply

    ”Chick flick” with some sci-fi

    Acting is uneven except for Gary Oldman who is too much actor for the
    smallish role he has. Most of the plot is telegraphed and as
    predictable as any given 5th grade arithmetic problem.

    I just have one question – and perhaps someone can answer it: What the
    hell was in that barn?

  • dunfincinMay 6, 2017Reply

    Ageless Sci-fi

    I quite enjoyed this film. A fairly novel concept with decent effects,

    a coherent and interesting plot and some good acting particularly from
    Asa Butterfield and I thought also from Carla Gugino an actress I
    hadn’t heard of before. I couldn’t escape the feeling however that I
    was being treated like an idiot to some extent by the
    director/producers and casting people of whom there seemed to be a
    considerable number. Asa is aged 20 but a little physically immature
    and he played the part of a gawky 16 year old very well. His high
    school girlfriend was played by Britt Robertson who we can be forgiven
    for thinking must be in the same age group – ie 16/17. The actress is
    in fact aged 27. Now she is clearly an attractive young woman but 16
    she ain’t. In one of the final scenes we are treated to the revelation
    that Asa’s father was Nathaniel Shepherd played by Gary Oldman.The
    mother we already knew was Sarah Elliot played by Janet Montgomery who
    is in fact 32 years of age but appeared younger in the film maybe a
    very pretty late twenties allowing for the fact that she held the rank
    of Lt-Col in the USAF. Gary Oldman, bless him, is currently 59 years
    old and has obviously,shall we say, enjoyed life to the full.The idea
    therefore that a very attractive twenty something career officer was
    having a relationship with and conceiving children by a man who could
    be mistaken for her grandfather I found a bit hard to swallow. The
    other problem with the film in my opinion was the failure to explain or
    in any way allude to the technology being used to ferry people to and
    from Mars. The Nasa mars mission was recently put forward from 2030 to
    2050 due to ”technical problems” largely the fact that they have so far
    failed to invent a form of space travel more sophisticated than
    liquid-fuelled rockets and I would have been interested to learn from
    the makers of the film how they predicted this problem would be
    overcome. Nope,you just keep on firing rockets into the sky.I hope I’m
    not being too picky but when a film starts not to make any
    sense,suspension of belief becomes difficult to maintain.

  • harrythorpeMay 6, 2017Reply

    Neil Degrasse Tyson was not consulted

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  • pietclausenMay 6, 2017Reply

    If sci-fi is not your scene, you’ll still enjoy this movie

    I enjoyed this movie very much which fitted like a glove. It’s sci-fi
    with an excellent original story, well told and acted. It also has
    drama, romance and adventure in it. What more do you want for 2 hours
    of solid entertainment? It may appeal more to teenagers but adults will
    like it just as much. Don’t worry if you dislike sci-fi; the drama and
    adventure alone will satisfy your taste.

    The story is not far fetched and very plausible, but we have to wait a
    few more years to experience this in the real world. The only obvious
    flaw which stood out like a sore thumb was a missing communications
    time-gap between Mars and Earth. But I presume this was done to keep
    the story flowing.

    Nowadays I find real good movies far in between, but this is a fine gem
    that gets an easy 7 out of 10 in my books.

  • Alex FordMay 6, 2017Reply

    Cringe fest, awful writing, awful acting just awful.

    Avoid at all costs. What a waste of hours watching this. It was
    painful, the film keeps you interested up to the point he gets on
    earth. By which point you’ve invested too much time into the film to
    turn it off.

    Worst film I’ve watched all year.

  • thelionsquadMay 7, 2017Reply

    Mediocre

    Unfortunately, this movie screams mediocrity. From the voice acting, to
    the CGI and the script, everything just felt… underwhelming. Which is
    unfortunate, since it had potential and could have been great. But it
    never properly executed and developed its core underlying themes and
    ideas. Another problem were the immense plot holes which just riddled
    the film from start to end and were an incessant source of irritation.

  • Gera GonzalezMay 7, 2017Reply

    Nice and different

    It’s very hard to find something new in the movies today, but this film
    felt very fresh from everything else out there. The premise of the
    story is very unique and different. The acting is very good. After a
    shocking twist, the end turns out a little bit predictable but I didn’t
    really mind… at all. I really enjoyed watching this film. Totally
    recommended.

  • matiur_marineMay 10, 2017Reply

    No point to see this!!

    In a word… it’s ”pathetic”. There is no plot, just a big hole. What the
    writer actually wanted to prove, really I did not understand. This is a
    shame to be a sci-fi movie! No, actually this is a disgrace to be a
    movie of any category!!! Please don’t waste your time by seeing this
    movie as I have wasted mine.

  • Herman NebelwerferMay 10, 2017Reply

    Beautiful

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  • Paul Magne HaakonsenMay 14, 2017Reply

    A rather predictable storyline…

    When I watched ”The Space Between Us”, it was solely because I had the
    chance, and I figured that a movie with Gary Oldman couldn’t be
    entirely bad.

    Now, that I have seen it, I must say that I wasn’t particularly
    impressed. Why? Well, this movie just wasn’t outstanding or
    particularly memorable in any manner.

    Sure, it was a visually great movie, and the special effects and CGI
    team had really managed to produce something quite beautiful, and it
    all looked very realistic. But these effects hardly could manage to
    lift up the mediocre storyline.

    Yes, I thought the storyline was mediocre. It was entertaining enough,
    certainly, but it was frightfully predictable. Writers Allan Loeb,
    Stewart Schill, Richard Barton Lewis and Allan Loeb just failed to come
    up with a storyline that offered surprises or unpredictable plot
    twists. There was but a single twist to the story, but it was one that
    you pick up on from early on in the movie.

    ”The Space Between Us” is carried by some good acting performances. And
    I must say that Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino carried the movie quite
    well with their performances. Janet Montgomery and Asa Butterfield also
    did good jobs with their roles. It was a shame that BD Wong didn’t have
    a bigger role in this movie.

    While it certainly was entertaining enough for what it turned out to
    be, you shouldn’t expect a cinematic masterpiece here. My rating for
    ”The Space Between Us” is a mediocre 5 out of 10 stars.

  • paiello-44319May 14, 2017Reply

    Not perfect but far better than IMDb rating of 6.5

    I share similar feelings with other adult reviewers of this movie. IT
    could have been better but still, it was pretty good. I rated two other
    movies on IMDb with ratings in the mid 7’s (The Good Guys and Sisters)
    which I found to be off the charts horrible and vulgar. I don’t care if
    there is swearing in a movie as long as it belongs there. Anyway, Space
    between us IMDb rating is a low 6.5 but it kept me interested although
    near the end I was calling for a few more edits. Like most movies today
    it didn’t dare break out of the status-quo cliché’ too much. I do
    recommend this film while feeling the story line could have had less of
    a soap opera twist and more of an edgy ending.

    The girlfriend Tulsa was adequate but looked a lot older than her BF
    Garner who could pass for 16 I guess.

    Gary Oldman, who I usually like was OK in this but he shouted almost
    every single line he had. Cinematography was above average.

  • capone666May 15, 2017Reply

    The Vidiot Reviews…

    The Space Between Us

    On Mars, all you ever learn about in high school is how to invade and
    enslave Earth.

    However, the Martian in this romantic movie prefers to visit his enemy
    instead.

    Born on the red planet 16 years ago, the orphaned Gardner (Asa
    Butterfield) now has an urge to find the earthling that he believes is
    his father. Undergoing extensive surgery to adapt to Earth’s
    atmosphere, he hopes to find him.

    But when his doctor (Gary Oldman) doesn’t clear him for the trek,
    Gardner escapes his custody and locates his online friend (Britt
    Robertson) who helps him navigate his new terrain and joins with him on
    his quest.

    A bizarre teenage love story with stranger science backing up its
    implausible narrative, this sappy by-the-numbers schlock-fest can count
    incompatible leads as its foremost setback.

    Moreover, guys say they’re from Mars just so they don’t have to call a
    girl the next day.

    Red Light

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  • u_dunno_meMay 15, 2017Reply

    So sweet. It’s like a futuristic long distance relationship.

    Movie was nice. I give it an 8/10. It might not be so realistic, but at
    least they made the story short. I first read the comments and found
    out they hate the movie because it was unrealistic. Every situations
    were quick enough to happen. What do you expect of a 2 hour movie? If
    you guys want it more to be realistic, then might as well request to
    the director to make a series of it.

    Overall, it was fine. T’was sweet. I can imagine that this could happen
    in year 2200 when there are people outside the earth.

    Britt and Asa, what a couple! I just realized that I have a crush on
    Britt. Love you Britt!

  • PsychoMay 16, 2017Reply

    I kinda liked it – good movie with several drawbacks

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  • cfauteuxMay 17, 2017Reply

    A Conflicted Mess

    There was a moment in this movie when I could swear I was watching a
    SyFy Original movie. Gary Oldman and Carla Gugino were in a helicopter
    ”chasing down” their target. They were talking about how they needed to
    get him back to Mars and shuffling around in the helicopter, it was
    poorly lit, poorly shot and surprisingly poorly acted. Then the next
    shot is a gorgeous panoramic shot that cuts to our heroes, who act
    well! Its as though two separate film makers made this movie. They
    squandered the Mars set and rushed through his adolescence. This movie
    is a total mess. There are moments when you can see the initial vision,
    but then it is clouded by some extremely questionable pacing issues.
    Horrible.

  • jmim-1May 24, 2017Reply

    Lost in space….

    This movie is the perfect example of what happens when a good story
    meets mediocre direction. The premise held plenty of promise, but the
    director didn’t trust it. Instead of exploring the potential, he went
    for a conventional juvenile love/adventure story. How sad, this could
    have been a film that challenged minds while engaging hearts, but
    instead it decided to just tell us a story that left little to the
    imagination. Not a complete waste of time, but the last twenty minutes
    certainly were.

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