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.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
50/50 nimbly draws humor out of a young man's illness, walks a tightrope of tragicomedy and touches on all the right points.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"50/50" takes the hackneyed convention of illness-driven melodrama and reinvigorates it with honesty, clear-eyed compassion and unsentimental wit.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
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.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
50/50 mostly succeeds as a movie about a young man fighting cancer that doesn't give in to sap or sentiment.
Dan Kois - Village Voice
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.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
...delivers some hard-core truths as well as therapeutic humor while treating more than one kind of death.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
A small winner; the director, Jonathan Levine ("The Wackness"), has a great touch, mordant but light-handed.
David Denby - New Yorker
Although "50/50" is structured with the efficiency of a sitcom, there's an undercurrent of truth and real feeling.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A picture with a commercial sensibility and a quippy streak, yet one honest enough to transcend the usual.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
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.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Levitt, the definition of nuance, is touching, funny, and fierce - an unusual combination of moods, but deeply affecting.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Chances are about 90/10 that you'll enjoy 50/50.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"50/50" is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
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.
Justin Chang - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Odds are you'll find something of substance, a few life lessons in between the laughs in "50/50."
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
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.
William Goss - Film.com
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.
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Even hardened cynics will embrace the cliche -- yep, you will laugh, you will cry.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
What ensues is "Beaches" meets "Pineapple Express." Which, I've got to tell you, is pretty much what living with cancer is like.
Mary Elizabeth Williams - Salon.com
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.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Reiser has written his characters with an indelible sweetness and vulnerability, which allows the cast to deliver performances with some depth.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Levine has accomplished a tricky bit of juggling here: He's made a film about cancer that's effortlessly affecting.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
To the extent that 50/50 works, it because of Gordon-Levitt, one of my favorite actors.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"50/50" is a low-key, authentic, warm-hearted film; the cast is one of the best of the year.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Rogen's vulgar, unexpected decency is quietly moving.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It's a film about cancer, but it never succumbs to the morose trappings of its cinematic cousins ... it's done with such a subtle grace that it's easy to forget your heart is being tugged at by filmmakers.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
An honest, earnest and powerful look at a young person's battle with cancer.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Even with all its faults, it's pretty difficult not to be won over.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
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.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Wonderfully played, with a marvelous humanity about it.
50/50 is a thoughtful and challenging story, grounded in real world characters, that also manages rewarding and cathartic laughs.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
50/50 is smartly written and well acted enough to have you fully invested once it's time to find out if those titular odds come good.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
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.
Jeremy Lebens - We Got This Covered
50/50 is funny, sweet, moving, well acted and touching story of friendship.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
The tears are earned, no small thanks to the touching performances.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A powerfully empathetic performance by Joseph Gordon-Levitt saves 50/50 from succumbing to the annoying presence of Seth Rogen and his hophead propagandizing.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
...a Gen-Y Terms of Endearment that bullseyes both the existential dilemma and piercing clarity that cancer sufferers experience.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
For all of the attention 50/50 has gotten for being the 'cancer comedy', it's received not nearly enough praise for being so moving and emotionally satisfying.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Deeply affecting and admirably even-keeled...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Gordon-Levitt turns depression and despair into comedy of the edgiest kind, while making his character all the more sympathetic for his occasional outbursts of anger and aggression.
Anton Bitel - MovieScope
Todo esta muy bien observado por el guionista Will Reiser con pinceladas de humor muy efectivo (casi siempre gentileza de Seth Rogen, que hace el mismo personaje de siempre y lo hace barbaro) y tambien con algunas cuotas de emocion esperables.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
This film is thin.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
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.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
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.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
[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...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
To those unfortunate enough to have a potentially terminal illness, it could be inspirational.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
[A] beautifully played, precisely observed and surprisingly thoughtful buddy movie, which is based on a true story.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
It's the performances that really make it work, with Seth Rogen bringing his usual wonderfully loose comic energy to proceedings.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The absence of self-pity and sentimentality is something of a change. The women involved, however, are given a rather hard time.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
This frequently funny and moving film proves humour can be wrung from tricky subjects, providing it's done with sufficient thoughtfulness and wit.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
This film leaves a strange taste in the mouth.
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.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
So well-meaning you want to hug it.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The picture scores highly for tackling tricky, thought-provoking subject matter and contains some humorous and touching moments.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A rom-com with brains that - at key moments - feels as sly and sweet as Annie Hall.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
It's not a major landmark on anybody's resume, but it's nothing to be ashamed of either.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
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 ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Seth Rogen might be there to puts bums on seats, but it's Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will keep you watching.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It may be a marketing nightmare, but as examinations of mortality go, few come funnier, wiser or more astutely acted.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
50/50 is about right.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
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.
Adam Smith - Empire Magazine
This is the terminal illness weepie for people who don't watch terminal illness weepies, and it's much the better for it.
Ellen E Jones - Total Film
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.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
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.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
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.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
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.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
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.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Yes, cancer can be funny. Sort of.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
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.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
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.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
A near-great movie made out of the hardest-to-thread, most oxymoronic genre imaginable - "cancer comedy."
Stephen Silver - Patch
a good movie with a moderate sense of daring that ultimately spends too much time telling the wrong story
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
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.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
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.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
... surprisingly funny, while also honestly poignant and dramatic.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
...one of the unexpected pleasures of the fall movie season.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
"50/50" is a tear jerker film that has me calling it one of the best films of 2011.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Add 50/50 to your want to see list. And then make an appointment for your annual physical with your doctor.
Even with its flaws and age limits, 50/50 isn't half bad.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
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.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
50/50 is not just another crude piece of mockery. Crude at times, yes, but at its occasionally uneven soul is a very funny and bluntly moving tale of living within the fringes of potential death.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Doesn't even quite pull off 'very good,' but it easily walks off with a solid 'good.' And in 2011, good may be good enough.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
You'll walk out a stronger person than you were when you went in.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Swapping out the usual relationship tangle for a cancer-centric plot, 50/50 feels like this year's (500) Days Of Summer.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's performance is heartbreaking and inspiring.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
As honest as [screenwriter Will Reiser] could make it within the parameters of an uplifting crowd-pleaser.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
[The filmmakers] tap into the wonderful complexity of the material: Cancer is awful, but it's instructive and loving and funny, too.
Annlee Ellingson - Paste Magazine
Not the comedy I expected but instead a well acted but depressing film.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Cancer patient questions his life in mature dramedy.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
50/50 keeps the highs high. That's easy. Keeping the lows high is much more tricky. The lows are where most dying-of-a-disease movies go to die.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Funny, heartfelt, well-acted and refreshingly honest. It's one of the best movies of the year.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Amazingly upbeat and comical despite realistically depicting what it's like to know you have only a 50/50 chance of surviving a rare cancer.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
As Adam in 50/50, Gordon-Levitt is low-key, but very human. His expressive face shines and darkens. Director Jonathan Levine brings him back to simple, expressive humanity.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
'50/50' plays cancer for laughs.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
50/50 centers around a cancerous presence, and that refers to Seth Rogen as much as it does to the malignant tumor found on the spine of Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Carve Rogen out of the picture, and its chances of being a truly moving film increase.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Emotionally cathartic serio-comedy, ending on a convincingly upbeat note.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Without knowing the background of the real story, as will likely be true for most moviegoers, there is real suspense as to the outcome.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Splitting the difference, 50/50 gets a comparable assessment: Not half-bad, but not 100% either. Given the topic of fending off death, it's surprising that the story never quite sparks to life.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
There are some hearty, mordant laughs to be had in this uneven "cancer comedy," but the best reason to see it is the admirably self-effacing and deeply affecting performance of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
David Noh - Film Journal International
...it's a pretty neat trick to blend comedy with a story that's moving and relevant; it helps to have a smart screenplay, a strong cast, and an overall good vibe. Those qualities make 50/50 one of the bright spots on the fall movie map...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The tightrope act of a script by Will Reiser is elevated in remarkable ways by one of the best ensembles of the year, led ably by the great Joseph Gordon-Levitt, doing career-best, Oscar nomination-worthy work.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Somehow remains prickly and funny through every moment of its running time.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
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.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"50/50" is an unusual comedy that should be taken seriously.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
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.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Whatever laughs and tears the film wrings out of you do ultimately feel earned.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
...a remarkable film. Not one single moment rings untrue.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
One of the best movies I have seen this year.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A wonderful, cathartic pleasure.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A good cancer movie should make you both laugh and cry, and 50/50 did exactly that for me.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
If you are open to the experience of a 'Cancer Movie,' this is a pretty good one. It's funny where it should be funny, dramatic where it should be dramatic. It doesn't try too hard to wring the tears out of you. (Movie Review for Parents also available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
50/50 isn’t interested in defeatism, except as one inevitable way station of the film’s appealing emotional ramble.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you want to draw some life lessons from it all, go ahead: That's your choice, and it's easy to do. But '50/50' isn't going to beat you about the head with it.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Gordon-Levitt is an agreeably undemonstrative actor who plays well opposite the burbly Rogen.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Mixing humor and painful subject matter is, naturally, very difficult. The beauty of this movie is that it does so with ease.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Emotional without being cloying, honest and funny and low key.
The emotional payday the Jonathan Levine-directed 50/50 dowels out is hugely rewarding.
Mark Daniell - Jam! Movies
Has humorous moments and heavy ones, and neither half feels forced.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Cancer is not funny! And yet, in the hands of Seth Rogen and his posse the real story of one of his friends, Will Reiser, who battled and survived cancer, is a tour-de-force tale of love, friendship and triumph!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Gordon-Levitt capitalizes on the best role of his career, one that justifies a potential Oscar nomination.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
The movie has an inescapably autumnal quality, but it's funny throughout...
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
...easily the year's best comedy.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It almost seems as if "50/50" is leaning too hard on the lighthearted shtick, until the final act, when everything comes together with genuine emotional heft.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
"50/50" deftly blends tragedy with comedy - in a way that feels, often effortlessly, like real life.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
I don't think there has been a movie so far with this many good things going on.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
sweet but sometimes a little too aggressively normal.
Jesse Hassenger - Filmcritic.com
An amusing, heartfelt, but unexceptional portrait of friendship and survival, 50/50 gets a mostly favorable diagnosis.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
A touching portrait of a courageous young man's journey with cancer and the varied responses of the people around him.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The movie is more subtle than the trailers indicate.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The result is a story that feels genuinely balanced, that provokes laughter or tears only when they're earned.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Just like the many bits of advice that are so convincingly strewn throughout 50/50, it emphatically validates one of the most enduring ones: Laughter is indeed the best medicine, especially when the stakes are so high.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
50/50 is sentimental but never too much. Not with this cast. It's irreverent about cancer and that could be inspirational. And it's surely one of the most enjoyable movies I've seen all year.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
The picture could be so much better than it is, and yet it's also the kind of movie that makes you want to grade on the curve, adding extra points for good intentions.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
There's a better than even chance that you'll find it both funny and touching.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Some people might take offense at the movie's tone. But it is that very attitude that sets "50/50" apart from your typical movie-of-the-week feature. It actually strengthens its appeal.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
This ambitious comedy may appear benign on the surface but it's likely to stay with you and develop into something more than you might have thought. And in this case that's a good thing.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A remarkably tough-minded meditation on mortality, willing to confront the audience with harsh realities and to grapple with difficult, scary questions.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
...what makes this "chuckles n' chemo" film so watchable is that it is, at its core, a fish out of water tale.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
There's a simple elegance to way [screenwriter Will] Reiser and director Jonathan Levine tie these bonds.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
50/50 is crude and funny, and it demands that you laugh. And you will.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
No one is transformed into saintliness or transcendence but there are lessons learned, losses borne, and hurdles overcome.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
A funny, thoughtful film, less about surviving cancer than about the agonizing process of growing up.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
An uncompromising gem, the kind of film that hits all the right notes as it navigates from gentle, unforced humor to knowing pathos.
More interested in healing through laughter than confronting the tough stuff. That's why the treatment goes down so easy.
Matt Pais - RedEye
For every caustic one-liner and hip indie-rock song in 50/50,there are just as many hanky-requiring sentiments and just as many moments of stomach-churning disquiet.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
By the end, it does manage to grab hold of your emotions, but it's a long way to get there and not really worth it in the long run as there have been other films that have dealt with this subject matter in better fashion.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
50/50 is very entertaining and touching, but rhythm eludes the movie from the very beginning.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
"50/50" will be liked and appreciated even by people who can't imagine wanting to see it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It's an impressive balance between humor and heart.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The movie deepens in the second half. Eisner based Adam on someone he knew extremely well, so the unsentimental dialogue rings true.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Mostly it's just terribly funny and sad and beautifully acted and terrifically feel-good for being, you know, a cancer comedy.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
The ever-nimble Gordon-Levitt sells both sides of the transformation with ease, he's an ideal leading man for smart, sensitive dramedy.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
An edgy concept, promising director, and a fine cast done in by bromides.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A tremendously endearing, emotionally complex motion picture that gracefully inspects the stages of grief, worry, and, of course, catharsis, approaching a delicate subject matter with a disarming confidence.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The characters and dialogue are so cool and hip and accessible, the movie almost succeeds in making us forget this is Terms of Endearment with a heavy ladle of testosterone and a smirk.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Unsentimental, smart and funny, this dramatic comedy is the best film about illness I've ever seen.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
Builds to the confidently sincere movie you hoped it would be, after dithering around in tired cutesiness.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
This film could use a lot more affliction and a lot less cure.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
It proves that it's possible to be emotional and thoughtful - and funny - at the same time.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
What a tightrope this movie is.
"50/50" is a gem.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
More than a cut above disease dramas, 50/50 spins eccentric humor out of savage heartbreak. And targets both the sick and supportive with equal opportunity satirical relish, that taunts without trivializing the human condition as universal borrowed time
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
The most upbeat cancer comedy ever made, 50/50 is effective as brom, romcom, and more.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
...brilliantly manages to blend big laughs with high drama.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A pitch-perfect blend of comedy and tragedy that will leave you with a lump in your throat, and a tear in your eye.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
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.
Anthony Kaufman - Screen International
I think it navigates some tricky tonal shifts in ways that are impressive and at times quite moving.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
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.
David Ehrlich - Boxoffice Magazine
Takes what I believe is one of the most realistic approaches to cancer and cancer treatment you'll see on screen, but remembers to treat its potentially delicate subject matter with a blunt sense of humor.
Sean O'Connell - Hollywood News