Tin Cup 1996

Tin Cup

Critics Consensus

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) was a golf pro with a bright future, but his rebellious nature and bad attitude cost him everything. Now working as a golf instructor, he falls for his newest pupil, Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo), a psychiatrist who happens to be the girlfriend of PGA Tour star and Roy's rival, David Simms (Don Johnson). After he is humiliated by Simms at a celebrity golf tournament, McAvoy decides to make a run for the PGA Tour, as well as Molly's heart.

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Critic Reviews for Tin Cup

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (15)

  • It is a charmer from tee-off to final putt.

    August 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The good news about the amiable but only partly satisfying Tin Cup is that it frees Kevin Costner from playing a monument and restores to us the loose, sparkling comic actor he used to be.

    February 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    August 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Tin Cup works for viewers of any handicap.

    August 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • 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

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Tin Cup

  • Sep 30, 2014
    A sports movie directed by Ron Sheldon? The man has a hell of a pedigree in this area and in this film he manages to make golf sexy! Of course he's helped by a charming performance from Costner who works well off both Russo as his love interest and Marin as his bromance. Perhaps it's a little overlong but by the time you get to the final match you'll be cheering Costner on to make that final putt.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2013
    Annoying Kevin Costner plays golf with annoying Don Johnson to win the heart of the lovely Rene Russo. Were these her only two choices?
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2012
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2012
    Tin Cup is smartly written, feel-good, and charming romantic comedy/sports movie, without all the usual cliches and conventions, especially with its daring and true ending. Costner brings a lot of likability to the film, as does Russo, though the chemistry isn't quite where it needs to be. The comedy is hit or miss, but certainly qualifies as amusing. As a straight-up sports movie, it actually works well, with a strong script and a sense of realism as opposed to predictable resolution that so many sports movies resort too. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer

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