50/50 Reviews

  • 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

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