• R, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Stephen Frears
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 4, 2013
  • Weinstein Co.


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Lay the Favorite Reviews

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine

Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

December 6, 2012
Jeff Beck

What little plot "Lay the Favorite" has is lost in a mess of a screenplay that does absolutely nothing to stand out in any way whatsoever.

Full Review Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 6, 2012
Hugh Langley
Little White Lies

An attractive proposition let down by a cack hand.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

You can see the veins standing out on the heads of Rebecca Hall and Catherine Zeta-Jones as they strive to make sense of a script that has no time for logic or consistency.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 1/5

June 22, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Rebecca Hall gets an A-for-effort, but her blinding performance is mostly squandered in this vanilla crime farce.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 23, 2012

Lay the Favourite ... is a surprising turn off of talent not worth betting on for a profitable night out's big-screen entertainment.

Full Review Source: Real.com | Original Score: 1/5

June 24, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

I can scarcely remember a film where someone as massively-talented as the young British actress Rebecca Hall has clearly worked so hard to inject some life into proceedings and to such little avail.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 1/5

June 29, 2012
James Berardinelli
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As forgettable a motion picture as can be found during the 2012 holiday season.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 4, 2012
William Goss
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Not just an utterly tepid comedy, but possibly the most lifeless film in Frears' generally acclaimed oeuvre.

Full Review Source: Film.com

January 27, 2012
Alex Zane
Sun Online

There is too much about the intricacies of gambling for it to be funny and it's too light to be interesting.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

June 22, 2012
Mike Scott

A shrug of a film featuring unremarkable characters in an unremarkable story that never does more than limp toward it flat and flimsy third act.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1/5

March 8, 2013
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Incoherent, loud and saddled with a lead character far less smart ... 'Lay the Favorite' simply lays down dead.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

December 6, 2012

Like Rebecca Hall's inane giggle, Lay the Favorite comes across as high-pitched and annoyingly animated without any reason. Not my favorite ... by a long shot.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 2/10

January 24, 2012
Tim Grierson
Screen International

Whether it's Rebecca Hall's unconvincing performance as a ditzy Florida gal or the story's meandering tone, "Lay the Favorite" is one gamble that doesn't pay off.

Full Review Source: Screen International

June 18, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue is shrill, the emotional moments are foghorned with deafening musical cues, and every scene is lit like an advert for orange juice.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

June 21, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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What has happened to director Stephen Frears?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 6, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Like a loud guest at a party who's amusing for a while, until you just have to escape to the next room.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 23, 2012
Brian Orndorf

Frears locks into survival mode to carry on through the cinematic disorganization, resembling a man who knows he's bet on the wrong horse.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C-

November 20, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Why was Lay the Favourite made?

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 21, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies

While everything seems to be going in its favor, Lay The Favorite is a losing bet.

Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies

March 13, 2013
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