Due to its stellar cast, technical artistry and serious engagement with the issue of financial rsponsibilty, Margin Call is likely to win both critical acclaim and a reputation as a serious-minded movie. That doesn't stop it from being one hell of a draggy film at times.
If anyone had been asked to bet on Lay The Favourite's chances at the box office, the film might have racked up some pretty favourable odds. After all, it features big stars like Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones and is directed by Stephen Frears, who's turned out smart, intelligent dramas (The Queen) and edgy, fun comedies (High Fidelity). Tragically, anyone betting on the film's success would have lost pretty spectacularly: Lay The Favourite barely made US$21,000 in America and has raked in just a twentieth of its US$20 million budget internationally. That's not to say the film is terrible, however - it's just not particularly good.