The Favor


Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11

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  1. 80
    The Favor is a frisky, frank and funny female-buddy film - as if "Thelma and Louise" had stayed in the suburbs, making girl-talk about sex and satisfaction, married vs. single.
  2. The Favor remains funny and credible in ways that prove feminist comedy is not an oxymoron.
  3. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    The Favor is a pleasant romantic comedy, aimed at thirtysomethings and younger, and it affords solid roles for Harley Jane Kozak and Elizabeth McGovern. [29 Apr 1994]
  4. Writers Sara Pariott & Josann McGibbon and director Donald Petrie know how life is lived - tending to details - and have packed the film with them, such that it almost works as a slice of suburban life.
  5. 63
    The movie is still a little rough around the edges, featuring its share of scenes that, for one reason or another, don't work, but the overall effect is one of pleasant entertainment.
  6. 50
    The screenplay, by Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, has a good feel for female best-friend relationships, and the dialogue has life and edge to it.
  7. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    When all is said and done, The Favor is just another comedy about comfortable yuppies wondering what they might have done differently, dipping a toe in adventure, then returning to the cocoon of yuppie comfort. [03 May 1994]
  8. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    The movie is never much more than fluff. But, like director Donald Petrie's previous film, "Grumpy Old Men," it has an honest core that enables it to keep its balance. [29 Apr 1994]
  9. Ultimately, aside from the valiant efforts of pros like Elizabeth McGovern and the effortless Bill Pullman, The Favor is virtually indistinguishable from recent direct-to-video exploitation comedies
  10. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    The Favor is a sex comedy without sex-and pretty much without comedy. [29 Apr 1994]
  11. Reviewed by: Leonard Klady
    The direction and technical elements are obvious, bright and vapid, while the performers struggle against staggering odds to provide nuance.

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