• 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

Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 7, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 7, 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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 6, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The dots are there, but they don't connect.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 6, 2012
Scott Tobias
NPR
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A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist.

Full Review Source: NPR

December 6, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

December 6, 2012
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
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 4, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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This is one bugged-out burlesque you can easily close the iron door on.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Frears's strongest hand is a set of colourful characters played with verve...

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

June 19, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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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
Justin Chang
Variety
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Frivolous fun at best, archly affected tedium at worst.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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It's a decidedly soft-boiled tale populated by some of the nicest degenerate gamblers you'd ever want to meet.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

January 23, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 23, 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
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