Lay the Favorite Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 7, 2012
Frears has a lot of fun with the bad tempers and high spirits of this crew of adrenaline junkies, and though the story falls a little flat, the script is sprinkled with dry wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2012
"Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2012
What has happened to director Stephen Frears?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 6, 2012
Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 6, 2012
The dots are there, but they don't connect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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December 6, 2012
A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
December 6, 2012
Hall works like mad to create this character, giving her a breathy voice and hair-twisting tics and wide-eyed expressions that, rather than rounding her out, only flatten her.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
December 6, 2012
Incoherent, loud and saddled with a lead character far less smart ... 'Lay the Favorite' simply lays down dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
December 4, 2012
A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks ...
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 4, 2012
This is one bugged-out burlesque you can easily close the iron door on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 4, 2012
As forgettable a motion picture as can be found during the 2012 holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 19, 2012
Frears's strongest hand is a set of colourful characters played with verve...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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William Goss
Film.com
January 27, 2012
Not just an utterly tepid comedy, but possibly the most lifeless film in Frears' generally acclaimed oeuvre.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
Frivolous fun at best, archly affected tedium at worst.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 23, 2012
It's a decidedly soft-boiled tale populated by some of the nicest degenerate gamblers you'd ever want to meet.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 23, 2012
Those of us who still venerate Frears as a pioneer of British indie cinema in the '80s pine for him to have higher goals than a ditzy true-crime romp, but maybe that's our problem rather than his.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 23, 2012
Like a loud guest at a party who's amusing for a while, until you just have to escape to the next room.