Lay the Favorite
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Beth Raymer leaves her dancing job at a Florida strip club to become a Las Vegas cocktail waitress. Not exactly an ideal career choice, but her borderline-ditzy personality doesn't give her many options. In walks Dink, a professional sports bettor who sees through her bubbly exterior and offers her a job placing wagers all over town to gain an advantage over the casinos. Her surprisingly impeccable mind for numbers soon cements her status as Dink's good-luck charm, until his gorgeous-but-frigid wife, Tulip, starts to get jealous. Faced with no other choice but to fire Beth, Dink's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"While everything seems to be going in its favor, Lay The Favorite is a losing bet."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Yahoo! Movies
"Poor Rebecca Hall. If someone had told her there was no hope for Lay the Favorite, she could have saved some energy."
‑ Jeremy Mathews, Paste Magazine
"Hollywood celebrities romping around in a candy-colored Alexa-shot criminal underworld, pretty much as a means of passing time."
‑ Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine
""Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The dots are there, but they don't connect."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"What has happened to director Stephen Frears?"
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist."
‑ Scott Tobias, NPR
"... offers little insight into its subject or its setting and feels like it's been chopped up in the editing room."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"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."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Frears locks into survival mode to carry on through the cinematic disorganization, resembling a man who knows he's bet on the wrong horse."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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