Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: 50/50 is Certified Fresh

Plus, What's Your Number? is by the numbers, and Dream House and Courageous invite you to guess their Tomatometers.

by | September 29, 2011 | Comments

This week at the movies, we’ve got a survivor story (50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen), ex excitement (What’s Your Number?, starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans), a demonic dwelling (Dream House, starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz), and some conflicted cops (Courageous, starring Alex Kendrick and Ken Bevel). What do the critics have to say?



In a comedy, no subject is completely off limits if the jokes make us laugh – and have the ring of truth. Such is the case with 50/50, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young man whose cancer diagnosis forces him to reevaluate his life. Along the way, he leans on his friends for support, and finds that often he’s helping others work through their feelings as much as he’s tending to his own. The critics say you’ll laugh and you’ll cry through this Certified Fresh comedy, which is touching, heartfelt, occasionally naughty, and often very funny. (Check out Gordon-Levitt’s best-reviewed movies here.)

What’s Your Number?


Anna Farris is a very funny woman, but critics have long hoped she’d get the lead in a comedy worthy of her talents. The wait continues with What’s Your Number?, the story of a single gal who decides to reunite with all her exes to see if any of them are marriage material. The pundits say the film has moments of comic inspiration and some decent performances, but mostly, its script is a middling grab bag of romantic comedy clichés and raunchiness that squanders the offbeat charm of its star.

Dream House


We can’t tell you whether Dream House is a prime piece of real estate or a fixer-upper, since it wasn’t screened for critics. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz star as a couple who have just moved into a charming new home; little do they know it was once the site of a harrowing murder, and soon they’re bedeviled by spooky goings-on. Put down that copy of Architectural Digest and guess the Tomatometer! (And check out our list of Certified Fresh psychological thrillers here.)



Director Alex Kendrick, who also made Fireproof, has a thing for stories about spiritual awakenings among public servants. His latest, Courageous, tells the tale of four police officers who struggle with faith and fatherhood while trying to clean up the streets. Unfortunately, only a few critics have seen it, so you can feel free to guess the Tomatometer for this one too.

Also opening this week in limited release:

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