The Cup
The Cup (2012)

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.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 11, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2012
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

A tale of heart-wrenching tragedy and uplifting triumph that never quite hits its stride.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse.

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Sara Michelle Fetters

The script by Wincer and Eric O'Keefe is a maudlin mess right from the word go, and if any film this year has been filled with more treacle-laden melodrama I certainly have not seen it.

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Joe Leydon

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.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

True sports tale about overcoming tragedy has mature themes.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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.

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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

It's a very decorous picture in which a sense of conflict is largely lacking.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Dull? You don't know from dull.

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Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

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.

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