The Cup Reviews

December 31, 2012
Dull? You don't know from dull.
May 15, 2012
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.
May 11, 2012
A tale of heart-wrenching tragedy and uplifting triumph that never quite hits its stride.
May 10, 2012
It's a very decorous picture in which a sense of conflict is largely lacking.
May 10, 2012
Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse.
May 9, 2012
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 8, 2012
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.
November 21, 2011
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 clichs.
October 13, 2011
I wouldn't back this donkey.
October 13, 2011
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
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 12, 2011
Let's face it, better to be a crowd pleaser than a critic pleaser.
October 12, 2011
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 11, 2011
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
Talk about product placement: there are times when The Cup resembles a feature-length advertisement for the race itself.
October 11, 2011
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 9, 2011
Tale of a Melbourne Cup triumph is reduced to a corny horse opera
October 9, 2011
A big heart and fine performances counter clumsy filmmaking in the patchy true life Australian drama The Cup.