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Lay the Favorite Reviews

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Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
March 13, 2013
While everything seems to be going in its favor, Lay The Favorite is a losing bet.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
December 10, 2012
... offers little insight into its subject or its setting and feels like it's been chopped up in the editing room.
Jeremy Mathews
Paste Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.4/10
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
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.
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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.
| 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.
| 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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
December 6, 2012
Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
December 4, 2012
Just kind of, well, lays there. Or lies there. It matters to those of us who value the English language, but not to many others. Like this film.
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
November 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
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