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.

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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 Entertainment

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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 Loogenburgen
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 Patient
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 Bus
Richard C. Burton
as Thom the Patient
Neil Corbett
as Hospital Tech
Christopher De Schuster
as Art Gallery Patron
Karolina Sabat
as Art Gallery Patron
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Critic Reviews for 50/50

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (63)

The honesty driving this picture is undeniable and is evident in every frame, Adam a compelling protagonist and for my part I couldn't take my eyes off of him.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This frequently funny and moving film proves humour can be wrung from tricky subjects, providing it's done with sufficient thoughtfulness and wit.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This film leaves a strange taste in the mouth.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

So well-meaning you want to hug it.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A rom-com with brains that - at key moments - feels as sly and sweet as Annie Hall.

November 25, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

It's not a major landmark on anybody's résumé, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either.

November 24, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.
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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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