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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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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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.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

True sports tale about overcoming tragedy has mature themes.

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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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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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Luke Buckmaster

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.

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