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50/50 Reviews

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Perry Seibert
TV Guide
January 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 7, 2011
[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...
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 27, 2011
To those unfortunate enough to have a potentially terminal illness, it could be inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
November 27, 2011
[A] beautifully played, precisely observed and surprisingly thoughtful buddy movie, which is based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2011
It's the performances that really make it work, with Seth Rogen bringing his usual wonderfully loose comic energy to proceedings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
November 27, 2011
The absence of self-pity and sentimentality is something of a change. The women involved, however, are given a rather hard time.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 25, 2011
This frequently funny and moving film proves humour can be wrung from tricky subjects, providing it's done with sufficient thoughtfulness and wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 25, 2011
This film leaves a strange taste in the mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 25, 2011
Gordon-Levitt's uptight everyman hero fully earns our sympathy and Kendrick is superb as the rookie therapist, but the film suffers from an overly strong dose of Rogen's crudity and mawkishness, which must surely be reaching its use-by date soon.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 25, 2011
So well-meaning you want to hug it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
November 25, 2011
The picture scores highly for tackling tricky, thought-provoking subject matter and contains some humorous and touching moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 25, 2011
A rom-com with brains that - at key moments - feels as sly and sweet as Annie Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
November 24, 2011
It's not a major landmark on anybody's résumé, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 23, 2011
The Gordon-Levitt-Rogen bromance is one of the most exciting and fun ones in recent comedy history, and the pair have a wonderful natural rift ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 23, 2011
Seth Rogen might be there to puts bums on seats, but it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will keep you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 23, 2011
It may be a marketing nightmare, but as examinations of mortality go, few come funnier, wiser or more astutely acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
November 22, 2011
50/50 is about right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
November 20, 2011
Whether you're after a comedy-drama about cancer or a Rogen laugh-fest with added heart, this does a remarkable job of balancing the odds.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
November 15, 2011
This is the terminal illness weepie for people who don't watch terminal illness weepies, and it's much the better for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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