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Lay the Favorite

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Beth is tired of stripteasing and coaching dances in Florida so she quits her job and moves to Las Vegas, seeking job as a cocktail waitress. Accidentally, she meets Dink, a professional gambler with a system. He discovers Beth's talent for numbers and hires her as his protegee. When she show her interest on her mentor, his wife kicks her out of him. Against his advice, Beth chooses a dangerous job as she work for Rosie, who runs an illegal operation.
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Paste Magazine
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December 07, 2012

Poor Rebecca Hall. If someone had told her there was no hope for Lay the Favorite, she could have saved some energy.
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Film Journal International
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December 07, 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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Examiner.com
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December 06, 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.
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Times-Picayune
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March 08, 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.
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New York Times

December 06, 2012

Best to say as little as possible, cut one's losses and move on.
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Yahoo! Movies
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March 13, 2013

While everything seems to be going in its favor, Lay The Favorite is a losing bet.
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Seattle Times

December 06, 2012

The dots are there, but they don't connect.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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December 07, 2012

"Lay the Favorite" is a small and not particularly ambitious movie, but it's pleasing and exceptionally well made.
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Cinemalogue.com
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December 10, 2012

... offers little insight into its subject or its setting and feels like it's been chopped up in the editing room.
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Los Angeles Times
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December 06, 2012

What has happened to director Stephen Frears?
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NPR
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December 06, 2012

A listless comedy built around a vivacious protagonist.
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New York Post
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December 07, 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.
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