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50/50 Reviews

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Eric Melin
October 27, 2011
It's refreshing to see a movie that embraces the ugly side of what happens to complicated personal relationships. Its quite uncomfortable at times, and the frank exploration of the cancer patient journey makes the comedy even funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 22, 2011
It is tough to make a comedy about cancer, since it touches us all. It is not funny. When you have Seth Rogen in a film, however, anything can be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 17, 2011
The elements of 50/50 that do work are strong enough to carry the film along and affecting enough to bring losers like me to tears in their cinema seats.
Matthew Turner
October 15, 2011
Tackles a distressing subject with a healthy dose of humour, thanks to a sharply observed script, well-rounded, likeable characters, astute direction and a trio of terrific performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Leonard Maltin
October 14, 2011
There couldn't be a more serious subject, yet Gordon-Levitt and especially Rogen (who co-produced the movie) make the comedy seem both spontaneous and organic.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 13, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
October 13, 2011
Jonathan Levine directs a film that may be one of the year's best but still makes one yearn for the serious and uncompromising films of the 1950s and 1960s.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 13, 2011
Yes, cancer can be funny. Sort of.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 13, 2011
Films about cancer aren't generally this funny. And while this movie isn't a comedy, beyond its generous dose of realistic humour, it has a smart, personal script that dares to face a difficult situation head on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
October 11, 2011
Life is hard. Cancer is hard. Relationships are hard. Family is hard. '50/50' managed to find the power in all of those things and give us plenty of laughs so we're not simply in a ball crying.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 10, 2011
A near-great movie made out of the hardest-to-thread, most oxymoronic genre imaginable - "cancer comedy."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 10, 2011
a good movie with a moderate sense of daring that ultimately spends too much time telling the wrong story
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diva Velez
October 8, 2011
With its excellent cast and emotionally intelligent script, 50/50 isn't necessarily a feel good movie about cancer, but is an exceptional telling of one man's story, mixed with a perfect balance of sympathy and laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
October 7, 2011
Interesting commentary on how we deal with difficult situations, and makes a strong case for our desperate need for each other -- especially when the odds are stacked against us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
... surprisingly funny, while also honestly poignant and dramatic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
October 7, 2011
...one of the unexpected pleasures of the fall movie season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
October 7, 2011
"50/50" is a tear jerker film that has me calling it one of the best films of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor.
Roger Tennis
October 7, 2011
Even with its flaws and age limits, 50/50 isn't half bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
October 7, 2011
50/50 is noble in its own way but not especially affecting. In its homey style and jokiness it's as comfortable as an old shoe, and I don't know that a movie about cancer should be comfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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