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Tin Cup (1996)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 15

Breezy and predictable, Tin Cup is a likeable sports comedy that benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's amiable lead performance.


Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

Breezy and predictable, Tin Cup is a likeable sports comedy that benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's amiable lead performance.



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Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is a talented golf pro, who owns his own driving range. That sounds impressive, but the reality is quite different. While it's true that Roy is indeed a talented golfer and does own a driving range, it is in a tiny, unheard of Texas backwater. With almost no customers, he is likely to go broke. His golfing talents remain untapped and his life is rapidly going nowhere. To pass the time, he drinks a lot of beer with his buddies, or swings at a bucket of balls. Sometimes,


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Aug 27, 1997

New Line Home Entertainment

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (15) | DVD (7)

As he always does in comedy, Costner grants an irresistible gleam of gallantry to male mulishness.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The climactic game, in which Roy, in a way that defies prediction, attempts to sink the shot of his life, is the most rousing sequence of the year, a celebration of what it really means to win.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Amiable and constantly amusing rather than uproarious, this mangy tale of a ne'er-do-well's fitful assault on personal and professional respectability benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's ingratiatingly comic star turn.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Costner hasn't been this charming and spontaneous for years.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Tin Cup, starring Kevin Costner as a likable loser, accomplishes the impossible, maybe the unimaginable -- it makes golf entertaining.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The dialogue and characters are convincing and intelligently developed. Russo wears vulnerability and neediness like a second skin, while Costner plays the tragic hero with considerable charm.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

You can almost feel writer-director Ron Shelton praying for lightning to strike twice, but to no avail.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

What makes Tin Cup such an unabashed pleasure is Shelton's care in writing and developing interesting characters.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Shelton resurrects the likable Costner of "Bull Durham" in this genial golf comedy.

September 29, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Lose about 30 minutes and there may be a stronger film in there.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

All the golf action and happy "feel-good" emotions that audiences expect (and want) but... without following the traditional sports movie conventions.

December 10, 2004 Full Review Source:

Like other Shelton movies, it's dappled with interesting characters.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Predictable and lame.

November 28, 2003 | Comments (2)
New Times

This is a marginally enjoyable film. It could have been a lot better with more effort.

March 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Kevin Costner's golfing romance has OK swing but bad form.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

If you are a golfer, you'll have a better time out on the links.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

One of the best films of 1996 with its message that in love and in sports, playing it safe can't hold a candle to taking risks and acting from the heart.

February 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Nobody in Hollywood knows more about sports and is less sentimental about them than Shelton.

November 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Movieline

Audience Reviews for Tin Cup

With a backdrop of light country music tunes and open dusty reaches Costner plays a cheery good ol'boy taking a shot at the big time. Can he make it? And what about the woman of his long time nemesis: will she see through to appreciate his latent awshucks charm? Predictable, yes, but not boringly, the antics of this Rocky of the fairways.
March 22, 2012

Super Reviewer

One of the better golf films ever, and Costner's third best sports film.
September 14, 2009

Super Reviewer

Just a usual sports movie about sports, in this movie told about golf, nothing special in it. Kevin Costner and Rene Russo just gave a light performance because it just a movie for entertaining, they don't need too good performances here, they just need the money... The story really standard using the formula from zero to hero, yet I watched the cut version of this movie so I didn't impress a lot, besides the fact that I'm not love golf sports... Just a movie for killing time...
August 3, 2008
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Good cast. Rom com with a bit of golf thrown in.
March 24, 2008
T Tsang

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