50/50 Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 22, 2011
50/50 is about right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
October 7, 2011
Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 30, 2011
Gordon-Levitt is an agreeably undemonstrative actor who plays well opposite the burbly Rogen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 30, 2011
Chances are about 90/10 that you'll enjoy 50/50.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 30, 2011
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.
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September 30, 2011
In other hands, Adam might well be hard to take. But as the comedy in 50/50 turns darker, Gordon-Levitt, who's maybe the most natural, least affected actor of his generation, makes prickly plenty engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 30, 2011
An everyman tale with plenty of heart and honesty, the serious subject matter is regularly enlivened with jolts of genuine hilarity, some of it in delightfully questionable taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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September 30, 2011
What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2011
It wrings comedy from cancer and surrounds its saintly protagonist with sickly stereotypes. But the closer it gets to the mortal abyss, the more it feels real and revealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 30, 2011
Director Jonathan Levine has the ideal approach to the material, which is to stand aside, frame each scene honestly and let the actors drive the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2011
It succeeds mostly thanks to stellar work by the wonderful Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who capably handles the dramatic heavy lifting, and Seth Rogen, who delivers big laughs as his raunchy bud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 30, 2011
"50/50" takes the hackneyed convention of illness-driven melodrama and reinvigorates it with honesty, clear-eyed compassion and unsentimental wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 30, 2011
"50/50" is a low-key, authentic, warm-hearted film; the cast is one of the best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 29, 2011
50/50 nimbly draws humor out of a young man's illness, walks a tightrope of tragicomedy and touches on all the right points.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2011
"50/50" will be liked and appreciated even by people who can't imagine wanting to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 29, 2011
I admire the audacity of the script, which was written by Will Reiser from personal experience, and I laughed in most of the right places, as people in Adam's life struggle, often absurdly, to say or do the right thing.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
September 29, 2011
Emotionally honest even when it's going for big laughs and filled with lived-in visual detail, it's raunchy and touching without ever being crude or mawkish, a small, sharp comic jewel with a big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 29, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 29, 2011
"50/50" deftly blends tragedy with comedy - in a way that feels, often effortlessly, like real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 29, 2011
Too pat and contrived to be the Oscar bell-ringer early reports have claimed, "50/50'' is most affecting when it shows callow young dudes struggling to come to terms with the ultimate party crasher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2011
As a comedy about a young man with cancer, it needs to be serious enough to be real as well as light enough to be funny. Though it falls off the wagon at times, it maintains its balance remarkably well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 29, 2011
Levitt, the definition of nuance, is touching, funny, and fierce - an unusual combination of moods, but deeply affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 29, 2011
To the extent that 50/50 works, it because of Gordon-Levitt, one of my favorite actors.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 29, 2011
This nervy film avoids being blatantly "life-affirming" or "feel-good," helping it earn its tears and laughs. The premise covers the first of those. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen merge it with the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 29, 2011
Refusing to hide from pain or bow to it, 50/50 makes its own rules. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen are a dream team.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 29, 2011
The fear, anger, and despair of terminal illness barely pierce the movie's easygoing vibe, which becomes something of a problem in the second half, but for the most part this is fresh, sincere, and inquisitive.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 29, 2011
50/50 is crude and funny, and it demands that you laugh. And you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 29, 2011
A funny, thoughtful film, less about surviving cancer than about the agonizing process of growing up.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2011
A picture with a commercial sensibility and a quippy streak, yet one honest enough to transcend the usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2011
Although "50/50" is structured with the efficiency of a sitcom, there's an undercurrent of truth and real feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2011
It's the Rogen-Goldberg touch, with the duo's characteristic Superbad mash of the sweet and the bracingly coarse, that sells this unusual downer/upper of a life-and-death comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 28, 2011
"50/50" is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 28, 2011
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 28, 2011
Too much humor and we lose the characters. Too little humor and it becomes a Lifetime Movie. Balance is the key and, for the most part, Levine finds it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 28, 2011
Odds are you'll find something of substance, a few life lessons in between the laughs in "50/50."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
September 27, 2011
50/50 mostly succeeds as a movie about a young man fighting cancer that doesn't give in to sap or sentiment.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 27, 2011
Builds to the confidently sincere movie you hoped it would be, after dithering around in tired cutesiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
September 27, 2011
...delivers some hard-core truths as well as therapeutic humor while treating more than one kind of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 27, 2011
Levine has accomplished a tricky bit of juggling here: He's made a film about cancer that's effortlessly affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 27, 2011
A small winner; the director, Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness"), has a great touch, mordant but light-handed.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2011
What a tightrope this movie is.
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William Goss
Film.com
September 16, 2011
There's a vital difference between, say, the trumped-up day-seizing of The Bucket List and this, a funny, moving, well-grounded take on a potentially traumatic experience.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 12, 2011
Will Reiser's semiautobiographical script initially prescribes too artificial a story treatment for its characters but is rescued by a genial, low-key vibe that builds in sensitivity and emotion up through the final reels.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 11, 2011
Reiser has written his characters with an indelible sweetness and vulnerability, which allows the cast to deliver performances with some depth.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
Even hardened cynics will embrace the cliché -- yep, you will laugh, you will cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4