• Released
  • September 30, 2011
  • R , 1 hr 39 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 1,015 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Learning that he has cancer, a young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) vows to beat the odds.

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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Every performance in the film is flawless.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.
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80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
50/50 pulls no punches in its depiction of living day-to-day with illness. There's pain and fear, no question. But this dramatic comedy is...
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
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...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's half hilarious, half serious; all poignant.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Just as essential is Seth Rogen, as Adam's best friend. Rogen isn't even 30 yet, but he is already an important actor - not just because...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Reiser has written his characters with an indelible sweetness and vulnerability, which allows the cast to deliver performances with some...
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Kendrick gives a truly bad performance here - she's a self-conscious actress playing a self-conscious person and getting her signals all...
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The best parts are the in-between ones, neither laugh-out-loud funny nor overtly heart-wrenching.
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Rated R | For some drug use, language throughout and sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Cancer patient questions his life in mature dramedy.
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