The Space Between Us

Out Now On-Demand

What's your favourite thing about Earth?

Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) is a teen, born and raised on Mars in this coming-of-age sci-fi, given an opportunity to experience Earth for the first time. Co-stars Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland) as the girl he's been crushing on through video chat.

A space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonise 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. So begins the extraordinary life of Gardner (Butterfield).

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 (Robertson). When he gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars. 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.


Directed by

  • Peter Chelsom('Serendipity', 'Hector and the Search for Happiness', 'Shall We Dance')

Written by

Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Romance


Rating: M Mature themes


TimeOut (UK)


Won't come close to troubling your heartstrings, let alone the space between your ears.

Los Angeles Times


You may very well laugh and cry during "The Space Between Us," though probably at the wrong times and for entirely unintended reasons.

New York Times


With the disappearance of video stores, there is something heartening about the existence of "The Space Between Us," a cheesy hunk of science fiction from Peter Chelsom that once would have drawn curious young eyes to VHS shelves.

Hollywood Reporter


Sluggishly paced and tonally wobbly, the pic, much like its teenage protagonist, suffers under its own weight.

Variety (USA)


Feels like a series of scenic car commercials, smothered in obnoxious emo ballads by the likes of Ingrid Michaelson and James Bay, or else the screensaver stylings of composer Andrew Lockington.



The corn is fertilised by a ponderous score and a handful of bland folkie-rock tunes.

Rolling Stone


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.

Emotional Ride

I was SO surprised by this film. It was SO much better than I thought it would be (and I already heard good things). Great performances from all the actors. Great photography and great sc-fi. Mostly a LOVE STORY!