• Released
  • December 7, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 34 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Psychological Drama
Lay the Favorite Synopsis
A Las Vegas gambler hires a stripper with a heart of gold as his good luck charm.
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Critic Ratings

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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made. It was directed by Stephen Frears, and while...
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63

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
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,...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
On autopilot from beginning to end, Lay the Favorite feels like sitcom blown up to big-screen proportions. The laughs aren't raucous or...
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60

Total Film

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A classy cast and Frears' light touch can't help this innocent abroad dramedy into the winner's enclosure. More jeopardy, less laboured...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The comedy just isn't that funny and the enterprise never finds an exact tone.
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40

NPR

By Scott Tobias
Adapted from a comic thriller by Carl Hiaasen, South Florida's day-glo answer to Elmore Leonard, the film missed the fizzy, beach-friendly...
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40

Empire

By Angie Errigo
Particularly disappointing given the names involved, it's only mildly amusing at best, and more often downright tedious.
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
Lay the Favorite is frenzied without being funny. Like Judy Holliday on a particularly manic day, Hall tears from scene to scene with a...
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25

Slant Magazine

By Steve Macfarlane
Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
One of those factors must have settled upon the unlucky shoulders of Stephen Frears, who certainly has the pedigree to go all the way. And...
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A fun movie

By reedeemjs
It was a lot of fun. Bruce Willis outstanding as always. Catherine Zeta Jones outstanding as always. Loved them in it....

More Info

Rated R | For Language throughout, some sexual content, brief drug use and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Talky, uneven "true story" comedy has sex, language.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF