Tin Cup


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) 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, he even plays real golf, and his friend and assistant Romeo (Cheech Marin) caddies for him. That's all there is for Roy, until he is wakened from his deathlike reverie by a visit from a newcomer in town, psychologist Molly Griswold (Renee Russo). Teaching her how to swing a club reminds him of feelings he had nearly forgotten. Discovering that she is the girlfriend of his old golfing rival, David Simms (Don Johnson), goads him yet further, and he returns to the PGA golf tour to compete in the U.S. Open. Maybe he'll get Molly for himself, maybe not, but in the meantime he has some things to prove to himself. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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Kevin Costner
as Roy McAvoy
Rene Russo
as Dr. Molly Griswold
Cheech Marin
as Romeo Posar
Don Johnson
as David Simms
Linda Hart
as Doreen
Rex Linn
as Dewey
Lou Myers
as Clint
Gary McCord
as Himself
Kris Ancira
as Golden Tassel Dancer
Jim Nantz
as CBS Announcer
Gregory Avellone
as Man Behind the Ropes
Ken Venturi
as CBS Announcer
Brad Britton
as Jacobsen's Caddie
Ben Wright
as CBS Announcer
Frank Chirkinian
as CBS Coordinating Producer
Susan Cabral
as Patient in Exit Room
Lance Barrow
as CBS Director
Bill Caplan
as US Open Starter
Brian Hammons
as 1st Golf Channel Announcer
Mike Ritz
as 2nd Golf Channel Announcer
Peter Kostis
as Golf Channel Reporter
Bill Costner
as Grandparent With Dog
Joe Costner
as Grandchild
Jimmy N. Roberts
as ESPN Reporter
Sharon Costner
as Grandparent With Dog
George Michael (II)
as Sports Machine Host
Arina Gasanova
as 19th Hole Waitress
Sandy Gibbons
as Local Qualifier Official
Rob Harris
as Simms' Agent
Jess King
as Guy at Bar
Nick Kiriazis
as Guy at Bar
Frederick Lewis
as Guy at Bar
Steven "Sven" Lewison
as Simms' Caddie
Allan Malamud
as US Open Reporter
Sharyn McCreedy
as Golden Tassel Waitress
Roy Del Ruth
as Local Qualifier Starter
Mike Standly
as PGA Golfer
Tom Todoroff
as Guy at Bar
Gregory Buff White
as PGA Tour Player
Kevin J. Wilson
as Mickelson's Caddie
Melissa Young
as Beautiful Blonde
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Critic Reviews for Tin Cup

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (15)

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

    Aug 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.

    Feb 26, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

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

    Aug 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 5, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic

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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