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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
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
June 21, 2012
The story is borderline inconsequential but the characters are lively and engaging and the performances strong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2012
Watchable comedy drama that gets by thanks to a terrific central performance by Rebecca Hall and colourful supporting turns from the rest of the cast...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 19, 2012
Frears's strongest hand is a set of colourful characters played with verve...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2012
Hardly the film anyone familiar with Frears's better work would want or expect, but that isn't to say it's entirely without merit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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-
January 23, 2012
While this is a lesser work in the Frears canon, it's still a likable caper.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.4/10
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 6, 2012
What has happened to director Stephen Frears?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 6, 2012
Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 6, 2012
The dots are there, but they don't connect.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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