Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  2. A chalice of unpretentious delight, flowing over with goodwill, a cheeky love for soccer and, uh, Buddhist humor.
  3. 90
    The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.
  4. 88
    So joyous it can actually shake viewers out of a bad mood.
  5. 80
    This sweet little movie is a mild comedy, a much calmer cousin to "Sister Act," with men in robes rather than women in habits.
  6. A very funny movie, alive with a sense of absurdity and human foible.
  7. Could well end up on the coming Oscar ballot for best foreign language film.
  8. 75
    A delightful demonstration of how spirituality can coexist quite happily with an intense desire for France to defeat Brazil.
  9. 75
    Past the foreign mysticism and eccentricity of Tibetan Buddhism to portray its characters as unmistakably, identifiably human.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    A small film and, ultimately, a satisfying one.
  11. 75
    It's a clear-eyed, unsentimental portrait and indelible for that very reason.
  12. The glimpses of religious life bumping into secular passion are touching and warmly comic.
  13. 70
    Wouldn't you rather learn about his culture from Norbu than from Richard Gere?
  14. Charming, slyly comic and far from conventionally religious.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    The tragedy of modern Tibet haunts this otherwise lighthearted tale of life inside a Buddhist monastery-in-exile.
  16. 67
    While never dull, The Cup is a leisurely, quiet film, rife with staid, sometimes ponderous moments reflecting the seriousness of their situation in exile.
  17. An improbably funny and transcendent account of soccer-mad Tibetan monks in exile at a Bhutan monastery.
  18. 60
    Though The Cup is lovely to look at, it has none of the ceremonial rigor mortis of Scorsese's "Kundun."
  19. Norbu tries too hard to please and charm, but his film at least carries the advantages of unactorly faces and a premise based on actual events that dramatizes the issue of religious vocation in a secular world.
  20. 58
    A cute, clichéd, coming-of-age comedy.
  21. Never offers much enlightenment through its message.
  22. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Too slow-moving and too understated in much of its humor.
  23. Little more than a plodding celebration of global television trumping everything in its midst.

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