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50/50 (2011)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 172 | Rotten: 12

A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 42 | Rotten: 5

A good-hearted film about a difficult topic, 50/50 maneuvers between jokes and drama with surprising finesse.



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Inspired by a true story, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen star as best friends whose lives are changed by a cancer diagnosis in this new comedy directed by Jonathan Levine from a script by Will Reiser. 50/50 is the story of a guy's transformative and, yes, sometimes funny journey to health - drawing its emotional core from Will Reiser's own experience with cancer and reminding us that friendship


Drama, Comedy

Will Reiser

Jan 24, 2012


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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (172) | Rotten (12) | DVD (5)

50/50 is about right.

November 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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Still, it's Gordon-Levitt's choices that continue to impress. Sure, he owned one of the most jaw-dropping sequences in last summer's blockbuster Inception. But the actor remains drawn to profoundly human-scale hurts and quiet triumphs.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (3)
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Gordon-Levitt is an agreeably undemonstrative actor who plays well opposite the burbly Rogen.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Chances are about 90/10 that you'll enjoy 50/50.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (10)
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Scene by scene, 50/50 can be both amusing and moving, with the tightly wound Gordon-Levitt and the boundaryless Rogen forming an oddly complementary pair. But as a whole the movie never quite coheres.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (52)
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It's a film about cancer, but it never succumbs to the morose trappings of its cinematic cousins ... it's done with such a subtle grace that it's easy to forget your heart is being tugged at by filmmakers.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

An honest, earnest and powerful look at a young person's battle with cancer.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Even with all its faults, it's pretty difficult not to be won over.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

It's a brave plan to make a cancer movie that's moving, uplifting and pant-wettingly funny. But against the odds, it's definitely a case of remission accomplished.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Wonderfully played, with a marvelous humanity about it.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

50/50 is a thoughtful and challenging story, grounded in real world characters, that also manages rewarding and cathartic laughs.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

50/50 is smartly written and well acted enough to have you fully invested once it's time to find out if those titular odds come good.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

In a world where we are either given silly comedies or serious dramas, Jonathan Levine manages to bring both together in perfect harmony for 50/50.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

50/50 is funny, sweet, moving, well acted and touching story of friendship.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

The tears are earned, no small thanks to the touching performances.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

A powerfully empathetic performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt saves 50/50 from succumbing to the annoying presence of Seth Rogen and his hophead propagandizing.

March 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

...a Gen-Y Terms of Endearment that bullseyes both the existential dilemma and piercing clarity that cancer sufferers experience.

March 7, 2012 Full Review Source:

For all of the attention 50/50 has gotten for being the 'cancer comedy', it's received not nearly enough praise for being so moving and emotionally satisfying.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Deeply affecting and admirably even-keeled...

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Gordon-Levitt turns depression and despair into comedy of the edgiest kind, while making his character all the more sympathetic for his occasional outbursts of anger and aggression.

January 18, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieScope

Todo está muy bien observado por el guionista Will Reiser con pinceladas de humor muy efectivo (casi siempre gentileza de Seth Rogen, que hace el mismo personaje de siempre y lo hace bárbaro) y también con algunas cuotas de emoción esperables.

January 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Will Reiser's emotionally rich script -- which is based on his own battle with cancer -- never hits a wrong note, and he finds the comedy in Adam's life as easily as the drama.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dark humor, smart characters and a script with a heart make '50/50' one of the best films of the year. You'll take some emotions with you when you leave the theater.

December 22, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

[A]n honest, hilarious, laugh-till-you-cry look at how very much it sucks to get very sick as a young person... The characters are all uniquely vivid and unforgettable...

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for 50/50

This is a really outstanding film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a mesmerizing performance as a
May 21, 2013
Jose Cruz

Super Reviewer

I put off watching this due to Seth Rogan being in it...despite my admiration for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I shouldn't have waited, it was soooo good! This was an excellently done, off-beat, indie movie on a serious subject of life, and death. Wry humor out of a bad situation. Nice chemistry from the cast. Even Seth Rogen's crude buddy role is quite funny. Gordon-Levitt has his quiet charm that's perfect for this. There's no over-the-top drama in it; the plot just tracks the journey of a nice guy's cancer diagnosis, through treatment, and how he deals with it all. Wonderful film!! Kudos!!
April 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

'50/50'. The characters and emotions feel SO, SO real, and are wonderfully realised through fantastic writing and acting. I experienced and felt every high and low, and it's one of the best emotional roller-coasters of the year.

I hate happy endings, but I was way too invested to hope for anything else with this. And Anna Kendrick? Wow, I have the biggest crush on her right now.
December 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

Good movie, quite lighthearted considering it deals with cancer. Nothing new or thrilling, but enjoyable.
December 30, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Katherine: If I fuck up, I can ruin someone's life.
    – Submitted by James D (27 days ago)
    1. Adam: You're a selfish piece of shit! Care more about getting yourself fucking laid than being my friend!
    – Submitted by Alberto L (14 months ago)
    1. Adam: I just want it to be over. I'm so fucking tired of being sick. You know if this surgery doesn't work, it's um, that's it. And I've never, you know, I've never been to fucking Canada. I've never told a girl I loved her. It sounds stupid, doesn't it?
    2. Katherine: No, it doesn't.
    – Submitted by ac e (18 months ago)
    1. Adam: What is it, like a Doogie Howser or something?
    2. Katherine: Who?
    3. Adam: Doogie Howser? Teenage Doctor?
    4. Katherine: Does he work here?
    – Submitted by Kathleen R (20 months ago)
    1. Adam: You're dying dude.
    – Submitted by Daniel Angelo M (20 months ago)
    1. Katherine: You can't change your situation. The only thing that you can change is how you choose to deal with it.
    – Submitted by Jane Morla A (22 months ago)
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