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The Cup (2012)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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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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Art House & International, Drama

Nov 1, 2012

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

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a very decorous picture in which a sense of conflict is largely lacking.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Dull? You don't know from dull.

December 31, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Crikey

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

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

I wouldn't back this donkey.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: 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?

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
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.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

October 12, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
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,

October 12, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
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.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

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

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

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

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The Melbourne Cup captures the public imagination, but unfortunately the same can't be said for this film, which in the end, finishes a few lengths short.

October 11, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieFIX
MovieFIX

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    1. Dermot Weld: I believe he is the only man to ride that house in the cup.
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    1. Damien Oliver: Dad, this is for you.
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