50/50 (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 and love, no matter what bizarre turns they take, are the greatest healers. -- (C) Summit Entertainmentmore
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


Anna Kendrick
as Katherine
Serge Houde
as Richard
Andrew Airlie
as Dr. Ross
Donna Yamamoto
as Dr. Walderson
Daniel Bacon
as Dr. Phillips
Luisa D'Oliveira
as Agabelle Loogenburge...
Veena Sood
as Nurse Stewart
Jason Vaisvila
as Cute Guy With Dreads
Adrian McMorran
as Bartender
Stephanie Belding
as Friendly Nurse
Andrea Brooks
as Attractive Woman #2
Bonnie Bollivar
as Elderly Female Chemo...
Yee Jee Tso
as Dr. Lee
Beatrice Ilg
as Pretty Girl
Chilton Crane
as Mother On The Bus
Amitai Marmorstein
as Young Person On The ...
Richard C. Burton
as Thom the Patient
Neil Corbett
as Hospital Tech
Christopher De Schus...
as Art Gallery Patron
Karolina Sabat
as Art Gallery Patron
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Critic Reviews for 50/50

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (47)

Gordon-Levitt is so good he compensates for the film's lacks, even if he can't erase them... 50/50 isn't quite worthy of this performance, but that doesn't mean it isn't occasionally elevated toward something special by encompassing it.

Full Review… | March 30, 2016

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

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

50/50 Quotes

Mitch: How come we haven't met Rachel?
Alan: Yeah, what the fuck?
– Submitted by James D (20 months ago)
Katherine: If I fuck up, I can ruin someone's life.
– Submitted by James D (21 months ago)
Adam: You're a selfish piece of shit! Care more about getting yourself fucking laid than being my friend!
– Submitted by Alberto L (2 years ago)
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?
Katherine: No, it doesn't.
– Submitted by ac e (3 years ago)

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