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  • Summary: Inspired by personal experiences, 50/50 is an original story about friendship, love, survival and finding humor in unlikely places. Two best friends lives change when one of them is diagnosed with cancer. (Summit Entertainment)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 42
  2. Negative: 1 out of 42
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sep 29, 2011
    Every performance in the film is flawless.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Sep 29, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 28, 2011
    The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.
  4. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Sep 29, 2011
    The filmmakers do everything they can to balance levity and leavening. The subject says "drama," and the three supporting women deliver well-shaded, understated performances. (Howard shows us how weakness can be just as destructive as malice.)
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Sep 29, 2011
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 29, 2011
    Kendrick gives a truly bad performance here - she's a self-conscious actress playing a self-conscious person and getting her signals all mixed up - and it's unclear whether she has been hung out to dry by her director or if it's just that the character makes no sense whatsoever.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Sep 28, 2011
    Artificial, irresponsible, filthy and forgettable, it knocks itself cross-eyed trying to make you roar with laughter at chemotherapy, with the nauseating Seth Rogen milking most of the yuks. But a stoner comedy about cancer? I don't think so.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 97
  2. Negative: 2 out of 97
  1. Oct 2, 2011
    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. Expand
  2. Oct 4, 2011
    Perfectly acted, emotionally flawless, and laugh out loud funny, 50/50 is one of the best movies of the year, with at least a couple of Oscar worth performances, the funniest lines of the year, and a powerful blend of crying and laughing. This movie is basically flawless, and should not be missed by anyone. Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2012
    Loved it!!! Great Great movie!!! The acting was amazing. A great mix of funny and sad moments. Shows how some one can get through cancer treatment a positive way with help and support from friends and family. A must see! Collapse
  4. Feb 5, 2012
    Both moving and funny, the movie serves as a study of loneliness in a time where man is most vulnerable. The characters are believable, and even though it is a little predictable for a moment it is still definitely worth watching. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    How can you make a comedy about cancer? Forever we have seen cancer play huge roles in films, but itâ
  6. Sep 20, 2013
    Works as a drama, and JGL plays the part just right. Seth Rogen tries, but doesn't succeed as the comical best friend in a movie with such a serious nature. Whenever there is a movie about a topic like cancer, jokes are not that acceptable. Expand
  7. Oct 24, 2011
    Boring as hell .All the jokes were about the same sexual topic over and over .

    Alot of film time was just spent viewing the guy with cancer
    with the same look on his face.

    Dont waste your time

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