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Five Feet Apart Reviews

September 23, 2019
There's a million books like this and a million movies like this, where people are beautiful -- but they're sick!
March 22, 2019
Richardson and Sprouse attack their roles with gusto, never patronising the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 22, 2019
[Richardson] surely realises, as Fault's Shailene Woodley did before her, that this is the kind of marshmallow martyrdom that has to be briskly worked through before they let you at the grownup scripts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2019
It's the best tear-jerker in a long time; one box of tissues might not be enough. On a deeper level, it earns some of that emotion through a story based on a real dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2019
Like a heart monitor's beep, it fades into the background quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 16, 2019
While mawkishness should not be a prerequisite for the sick-teens-in-love genre, the popularity of the two in concert has likely convinced many filmmakers that the opposite is true.
March 15, 2019
Due credit... should be given to Sprouse and particularly Richardson for selling all of these reheated tropes to their full potential.
March 15, 2019
...phoney emotions and baloney contrivances...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2019
Offers a solid showcase for its young leads, Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse, while laboring to flesh out a complete movie.
March 15, 2019
Richardson may be the best thing about this Velveeta-slathered heap of lukewarm cliche, but she is merely a vicarious vehicle for thwarted teenage longing directed at the bad-boy dreamboat heartthrob of countless high-school-girl fantasies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 15, 2019
That doesn't dampen the work of Richardson and Sprouse, or the romance at the film's center. "Five Feet Apart" works hard for its tears. But it's the honesty of the performances that makes it worth the investment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2019
A melodrama without any bite to it, Five Feet Apart is clichéd and exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 15, 2019
It is tempting to dismiss this story as 'sick-lit' but director Justin Baldoni balances the compelling specifics of CF with the larger questions we all face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2019
Sprouse and Richardson make for one of the more adorable pairs in recent films. You not only want what's best for them, but believe it can actually happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2019
Richardson can do just about anything, and her performance in "Five Feet Apart" demonstrates a new depth to her range. She brings a knowing soulfulness to every aspect of Stella's journey
March 14, 2019
The honesty of the actors and their commitment to each other bails the movie out. They manage to find truth in a highly manipulative situation, and that's something even the least stardust-sprinkled among us can appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2019
Cutting through the thick curtain of recycled lovey-dovey remarks and the proficiently dull craftsmanship of the production, Richardson's radiant charisma acts as a lifeline.
March 14, 2019
It's just another three-hankie teen weepie, albeit one with the saving grace of another excellent Haley Lu Richardson performance that gooses the film just past serviceable into the realm of slightly better than average.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 14, 2019
Even amidst the sniffles and tears, there's a sense that the experience could have been more wrenching and emotionally honest had the filmmakers showed a greater trust in their material and audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2019
There's something a wee bit icky about how cleverly its premise exploits the quirks of a terminal affliction, but there's no way around the fact that this movie has a future beyond its profit margins.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 14, 2019
First-time feature director Justin Baldoni treats the tidy if increasingly shameless script as sincerely as possible, albeit with as many hackneyed montage sequences as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 14, 2019
At 116 minutes, "Five Feet Apart" is too much of a just-OK thing. All the same, I want to see Haley Lu Richardson's next movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2019
What starts as a promising film that takes the disease seriously and might even raise awareness about its challenges quickly turns into a romantic melodrama that checks all the familiar boxes.
March 14, 2019
The last act is a supernova of shamelessness. But even then, this weepie is tough to resist entirely.
March 14, 2019
It's a weird little genre, the sick-teen romance. "Five Feet Apart" winds up as just a pedestrian entry in it, because it tries way too hard on the melodrama front.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 14, 2019
A first-rate teen romance with engaging characters and appealing stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2019
In the end... even Richardson and Sprouse can't fully overcome the clumsy mawkishness around them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 14, 2019
Richardson gives a star turn every bit as charismatic and assured as the film is formulaic and forgettable, bringing soul, style and nuance to a character that could have easily been a condescending caricature.