Lay the Favorite Reviews

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July 8, 2019
Broad, flat, lugubrious, the worst example of filmmaking that exists.
August 23, 2018
Despite the combination of bankable actors, a talented screenwriter and a fine director, Lay the Favourite is woefully disappointing.
March 30, 2018
The degree to which Lay the Favorite fizzles out is ultimately nothing short of devastating...
March 13, 2013
While everything seems to be going in its favor, Lay The Favorite is a losing bet.
March 8, 2013
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.
December 10, 2012
... offers little insight into its subject or its setting and feels like it's been chopped up in the editing room.
December 7, 2012
Poor Rebecca Hall. If someone had told her there was no hope for Lay the Favorite, she could have saved some energy.
December 7, 2012
This shaggy-dog story based on the improbable real-life adventures of exotic dancer-turned-bookie-turned-journalist Beth Raymer is never quite as amusing as it thinks it is, despite a charming performance by Rebecca Hall.
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.
December 7, 2012
"Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made.
December 6, 2012
What has happened to director Stephen Frears?
December 6, 2012
Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.
December 6, 2012
The dots are there, but they don't connect.
Top Critic
December 6, 2012
A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist.
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.
December 6, 2012
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.
December 6, 2012
Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time.
December 6, 2012
Incoherent, loud and saddled with a lead character far less smart ... 'Lay the Favorite' simply lays down dead.
December 4, 2012
A wan comedy about gambling that takes no risks ...
December 4, 2012
This is one bugged-out burlesque you can easily close the iron door on.
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