• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jonathan Levine
    In Theaters:
    Sep 30, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 24, 2012
  • Summit Entertainment


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50/50 Reviews

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R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

This film could use a lot more affliction and a lot less cure.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

This film is thin.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

January 3, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Neither the actor nor the filmmakers can get under Adam's skin, despite all the close-ups and the moodily shot scenes filled with the kind of movie silence that feels more like the groping of an uncertain screenwriter than of a man facing his mortality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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To the extent that 50/50 works, it because of Gordon-Levitt, one of my favorite actors.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 29, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The truly outrageous idea, that you can use being gravely ill to get sympathy hookups for yourself and your friends - as underlined in the movie's original, better title, "I'm With Cancer" - is given short shrift.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 30, 2011
Dana Stevens
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 30, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Fact-inspired yet unpersuasive, transforming neurofibrosarcoma into a lucky break -- a short cut to a more purposeful life, complete with an attractive age-appropriate cancer therapist to replace the unfaithful girlfriend.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 30, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a good movie with a moderate sense of daring that ultimately spends too much time telling the wrong story

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2011
Anthony Kaufman
Screen International

That leaves it to Gordon-Levitt to take on the emotional weight of the film. And while he's always convincing, the surrounding story elements make for a less than resonant experience.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 14, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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My reaction to everything that happens in 50/50 was "Why don't they just walk out?" But nobody did, so I did it for them.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

September 28, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

An edgy concept, promising director, and a fine cast done in by bromides.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

This film leaves a strange taste in the mouth.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

November 25, 2011
Will Leitch

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

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B

June 22, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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 Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 4/5

March 14, 2013
Ben Kendrick

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

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2012
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 10/10

September 17, 2012
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 5.0/5

June 30, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4/5

April 27, 2012
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

A soft and sweet cancer drama that hits with the force of an ill-timed hug, 50/50 is the winsomely told story of a young man blindsided by his own body and the ways in which his inherently lonely struggle upturns his life.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2011
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Nimbly switching gears between heartful drama and uproarious comedy, 50/50 tackles the near-impossible and makes a film about cancer that'll have you crying like a baby one minute and laughing so hard your sides hurt the next.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 13, 2011
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