The Favor Reviews

May 16, 2008
It is a flawed but intriguing film that promises better things to come from its filmmaker.
May 9, 2008
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 5, 2008
The Favor is that rare film that at every turn exhibits good taste and a sense of restraint.
May 2, 2008
A dreary, interminable drama written and directed by Eva Aridjis, is exactly one-third of a good movie.
May 1, 2008
The Favor ultimately takes itself too seriously and ends up stranded in an unconvincing no man's land of cute bleakness.
April 30, 2008
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.
May 16, 2008
Nothing extraordinary happens, and [director] Aradjis relies on Wood and Donowho to carry the slight thread of a film.
May 2, 2008
Yet another small, "sensitive" character study of unassuming "little" folk trying their best under trying circumstances, all amounting to the purest banality.
May 1, 2008
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.
April 25, 2008
Doesn't ever end up communicating anything other than its own capacity for sensitive understatement.
March 22, 2008
A tearjerker made credible by the director's patient pacing.
June 24, 2006
Overall, the film is alternately sweet and sad, amusing and moving.
April 30, 2008
As an unconscious parody of everything that's wrong with Indiewood, Eva Aridjis's The Favor is brilliant. Otherwise, it's an unwatchable nightmare that brought back bad memories of NYU screenwriting classes.
April 11, 2008
This accomplished and economical debut feature (2006) is refreshingly free of gimmicks, focusing squarely on the hero's awkward attempts to forge a relationship with the petulant teenager.
April 10, 2008
The Favor measures the costs of crushing disappointment and the strength of love, and though those themes are the stuff of soap opera, writer/director Eva Aridjis recruited just the right cast to keep the suds at bay.
June 23, 2006
It's an emotionally satisfying film, even a cathartic one, that deserves an audience.
June 15, 2006
All Aridjis can muster is inert drama and trite lessons.
June 13, 2006
Eva Aridjis invests her first fiction feature with rewarding depths of humor and feeling that go a long way toward redeeming the occasional tonal awkwardness or overstated emotion.