50/50 (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use.)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Will Reiser
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 24, 2012
Box Office: $35.0M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 50/50

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (47)

Rogen's vulgar, unexpected decency is quietly moving.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Daily Star

Wonderfully played, with a marvelous humanity about it.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for 50/50

The attempt to tackle the story of a young man's cancer diagnosis with dosages of juvenile humor could easily have backfired. Director Levine finds just the right tone between the tragic and the funny, the optimism and pessimism. His protagonist duo Gordon-Levitt and Rogen work great together creating a genuinely realistic friendship on screen, which is no small feat. Especially in the last act of the story Levine does everything right, from the music, to the camera work and solution. Optimism has to prevail and it will!

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is a really outstanding film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a mesmerizing performance as a

Jose Cruz
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!!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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