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The Cup (2012)


Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 24
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 3


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 2,588


Movie Info

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

PG (for thematic elements and language)
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Nov 1, 2012
Myriad Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Cup

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (17)

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

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

True sports tale about overcoming tragedy has mature themes.

Full Review… | July 8, 2014
Common Sense Media

Dull? You don't know from dull.

Full Review… | December 31, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
Aisle Seat

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.

Full Review… | May 8, 2012
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review… | November 21, 2011

The hybrid feel of it all works, and the inevitable uneven moments didn't bother me, nor did the odd story cliché.

Full Review… | October 14, 2011
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

I wouldn't back this donkey.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
The Standard

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?

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Herald Sun (Australia)

There's a lot of interesting stuff here but in the end it's a bit disappointing.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

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.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
ABC Radio Brisbane

Let's face it, better to be a crowd pleaser than a critic pleaser.

Full Review… | October 12, 2011
The Age (Australia)

The problem is that everyone is so nice. It's as if the film has to pussyfoot around not to offend any of the people depicted in the film because they are mostly still alive, so the tension is really all internal,

Full Review… | October 12, 2011
At the Movies (Australia)

Director Simon Wincer is unable to convey this tale in a manner that would elevate it beyond the experience of reading the condensed, chronological series of events on Wikipedia.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011

Talk about product placement: there are times when The Cup resembles a feature-length advertisement for the race itself.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
The Age (Australia)

Driven by Stephen Curry's brilliant lead performance, this deeply moving story is told in an accessible but powerful manner.

Full Review… | October 11, 2011
FILMINK (Australia)

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The Cup Quotes

Dermot Weld:
I believe he is the only man to ride that house in the cup.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Damien Oliver:
Dad, this is for you.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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