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The Space Between Us

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Peter Chelsom

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About the Movie

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he's never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he's eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner's organs can't withstand Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 106
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 88
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Space Between Us attempts to take young love to literally new heights before crash-landing into an earthbound hash of schmaltzy cliches and romantic absurdities. – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 3, 2017

Rotten: By the time you get to the money shot of two lovers kissing in zero gravity, you'll either be deep in this movie's pocket or have fallen into a diabetic coma. – David Fear, Rolling Stone, Feb 4, 2017

Rotten: The whole sci-fi narrative collapses into a mess of illogical story beats and groan-inducing quasi-tragic bits right out of Love Story. – Brian Truitt, USA Today, Feb 2, 2017

Rotten: You may very well laugh and cry during "The Space Between Us," though probably at the wrong times and for entirely unintended reasons. – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, Feb 3, 2017

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Customer Reviews


This movie is inspirational and motivational and amazing and gives you the feels all at the same time!! This movie will change you in the best way!! This is a must see movie!!!


I loved every second of it.

Amazing movie

This is one of my favorite movies! I saw it the day it came out! It was funny and romantic, almost a science fiction romcom. I would definitely recommend this movie!!!