Even the most ardent lover of feel-good biopics would have a hard time backing this horse.
Barbara VanDenburgh - Arizona Republic
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.
Joe Leydon - Variety
A tale of heart-wrenching tragedy and uplifting triumph that never quite hits its stride.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
True sports tale about overcoming tragedy has mature themes.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
Dull? You don't know from dull.
It's a very decorous picture in which a sense of conflict is largely lacking.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
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.
Mike McGranaghan - 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.
Calum Marsh - 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 cliches.
Luke Buckmaster - Crikey
The hybrid feel of it all works, and the inevitable uneven moments didn't bother me, nor did the odd story cliche.
Jason Di Rosso - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
I wouldn't back this donkey.
Matt Neal - 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?
Sandra Hall - 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.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
There's a lot of interesting stuff here but in the end it's a bit disappointing.
David Stratton - 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.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Let's face it, better to be a crowd pleaser than a critic pleaser.
Jim Schembri - 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,
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Talk about product placement: there are times when The Cup resembles a feature-length advertisement for the race itself.
Tom Ryan - The Age (Australia)
Driven by Stephen Curry's brilliant lead performance, this deeply moving story is told in an accessible but powerful manner.
Erin Free - 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.
Brad Gray - MovieFIX
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.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Tale of a Melbourne Cup triumph is reduced to a corny horse opera
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
A big heart and fine performances counter clumsy filmmaking in the patchy true life Australian drama The Cup.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
It won't stop the nation, but it will while away a Saturday afternoon.
Clem Bastow - The Vine