(2011)

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100
Every performance in the film is flawless.
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.
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.
83
The result is a duet of outstanding loveliness between Kendrick and Gordon-Levitt, also an actor of nuanced control.
80
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 also warm, honest and, most especially, funny.
80
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.
75
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 he's popular but because he best embodies this particular comic moment.
75
It's half hilarious, half serious; all poignant.
75
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.
70
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.
70
Reiser has written his characters with an indelible sweetness and vulnerability, which allows the cast to deliver performances with some depth.
60
The best parts are the in-between ones, neither laugh-out-loud funny nor overtly heart-wrenching.

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