Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 29, 2011
    100
    Every performance in the film is flawless.
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 28, 2011
    100
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 28, 2011
    100
    50/50 is a tremendous movie. It's also a really funny one, which doesn't mean it won't make you cry.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    89
    Mostly it's just terribly funny and sad and beautifully acted and terrifically feel-good for being, you know, a cancer comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 29, 2011
    88
    Considering that any one of those elements could have scuttled its fragile mix of drama, comedy and life-and-death stakes, 50/50 beats the odds with modest, utterly winning ease.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 29, 2011
    88
    A movie handled with this kind of care is a rare gift. Refusing to hide from pain or bow to it, 50/50 makes its own rules. It'll get to you.
  7. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Sep 29, 2011
    88
    50/50 is crude and funny, and it demands that you laugh. And you will.
  8. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Sep 28, 2011
    88
    Like another recent feel-good film about the disease, Gus Van Sant's "Restless," it creates a comforting myth. That's one of the things movies are good for.
  9. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Sep 14, 2011
    88
    Even hardened cynics will embrace the cliché – yep, you will laugh, you will cry.
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 29, 2011
    83
    Thanks to a slew of engaging performances and a script that finds the sweet spot between crass and curdled, it's a winner.
  11. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 28, 2011
    83
    The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 371 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 87 out of 95
  2. Negative: 2 out of 95
  1. Oct 7, 2011
    4
    novictim: What does anything have to do with your residency at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center? How does that make you more qualified to criticize this movie? You said that the jokes were juvenile. Is that what you diagnosed as you were making your rounds in the oncology department? Jokes about vomit, yeast infections, and dogs licking themselves are funny. Go give another poor soul at Kettering a frown. Full Review »
  2. Oct 2, 2011
    10
    I loved this film. It's been awhile since I gave a movie a 10 but I was cast into this movie's spell. I cared about all the characters, even though the Rogen character was a little close to being over the top. Levitt is absolutely perfect as the cancer stricken person holding all his emotions in, until he finally explodes the night before his surgery. I haven't cried at a movie in years but definitely teared up at this one. I'm glad the time of the year has arrived when the good movies are shown. Highly recommended. Deserves the great reviews it's getting. Full Review »
  3. Oct 3, 2011
    9
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a nice guy who finds out he has a serious form of cancer. While he deals with the unpleasant side effects of his treatment and the reactions of the women in his life, his best friend (Seth Rogen) supports him with plenty of humor. There are moments of pain and earnest drama, but a good laugh is never far away. Rogen shines with his constant comic comments and Gordon-Levitt delivers another touching, but strong performance. Don't be dismayed by the subject and enjoy the jokes! Full Review »