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The Favor

The Favor (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

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Following up the acclaimed documentary Children of the Street, filmmaker Eva Aridjis made her narrative-feature debut with this bittersweet drama starring Frank Wood and Ryan Donowho. Wood plays Lawrence, a man who decides to take in Johnny (Donowho), the troubled teenaged son of his recently deceased high-school sweetheart. Twenty-five years ago, Caroline (Paige Turco) broke Lawrence's heart. These days, Lawrence is a single, middle-aged photographer leading a quiet life with his loyal canine

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (11)

It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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While people looking to get away from the big explosions and broad comedy that accompany most summer movies will appreciate the effort, this seems like the kind of thing you should be getting for free on TV.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie.

May 2, 2008
New York Times
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The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Writer-director Eva Aridjis has a flat style that's frankly numbing; Wood tries valiantly, but he and Donowho are both dragged down by the script.

April 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Nothing extraordinary happens, and [director] Aradjis relies on Wood and Donowho to carry the slight thread of a film.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Yet another small, "sensitive" character study of unassuming "little" folk trying their best under trying circumstances, all amounting to the purest banality.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Forgive me if I've already forgotten what The Favor is really about, but the truth is so does Miss Aridjis. So drastically in fact, that the film doesn't even qualify for After School Special exemption status.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Doesn't ever end up communicating anything other than its own capacity for sensitive understatement.

April 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A tearjerker made credible by the director's patient pacing.

March 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

Overall, the film is alternately sweet and sad, amusing and moving.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It's an emotionally satisfying film, even a cathartic one, that deserves an audience.

June 23, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

All Aridjis can muster is inert drama and trite lessons.

June 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
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