The Cup
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A true story about two brothers, both competing for the highest honor in horse racing, the Melbourne Cup. When tragedy strikes, one brother relies on the support of a veteran horse trainer to overcome the odds and challenge himself to win. An incredible story of inspiration and triumph over adversity. -- (C) Myriad Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A tale of heart-wrenching tragedy and uplifting triumph that never quite hits its stride."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"I found The Cup to be a pleasant-enough viewing experience. At the same time, I was never as riveted as I have been by other, similarly-themed films. It makes you feel good without ever truly stirring the soul."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"The hybrid feel of it all works, and the inevitable uneven moments didn't bother me, nor did the odd story cliché."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"The Cup has certainly been released at the right time to cash in on Spring Racing Carnival fever. But not all paying punters will be pleased with the final dividend returned."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"Although it canters down a well-trod path toward a predictable finish line, The Cup sustains interest through the smooth efficiency of its storytelling and the engaging performances of its lead players."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"True sports tale about overcoming tragedy has mature themes."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"One wonders who the audience is for a film this far removed from the dirt and grime of the reality it claims to be based on, and why they find anything so squeaky-clean appealing."
‑ Calum Marsh, Slant Magazine
"I wouldn't back this donkey."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"There's a lot of interesting stuff here but in the end it's a bit disappointing."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"It's a very decorous picture in which a sense of conflict is largely lacking."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"Dull? You don't know from dull."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Director Simon Wincer, who also co-wrote the screenplay, was not the right person to avoid certain temptations, like dunking the audience's noggins into a honey pot of clichés."
‑ Luke Buckmaster, Crikey
"It's a shamelessly old-fashioned picture but if you like horses and fancy cantering off into the land of wish-fulfilment for a couple of hours, why not?"
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"The Cup doesn't dig deeply enough into its characters. Everyone is portrayed in a positive light and it's as if the writers were too afraid to challenge the audience."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
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