Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. 75
    It's a clear-eyed, unsentimental portrait and indelible for that very reason.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    75
    A small film and, ultimately, a satisfying one.
  4. 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.
  5. 75
    A delightful demonstration of how spirituality can coexist quite happily with an intense desire for France to defeat Brazil.
  6. The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
  7. 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.
  8. Little more than a plodding celebration of global television trumping everything in its midst.
  9. 70
    Wouldn't you rather learn about his culture from Norbu than from Richard Gere?
  10. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    50
    Too slow-moving and too understated in much of its humor.
  11. 60
    Though The Cup is lovely to look at, it has none of the ceremonial rigor mortis of Scorsese's "Kundun."
  12. Charming, slyly comic and far from conventionally religious.
  13. 75
    Past the foreign mysticism and eccentricity of Tibetan Buddhism to portray its characters as unmistakably, identifiably human.
  14. 58
    A cute, clichéd, coming-of-age comedy.
  15. Could well end up on the coming Oscar ballot for best foreign language film.
  16. 88
    So joyous it can actually shake viewers out of a bad mood.
  17. An improbably funny and transcendent account of soccer-mad Tibetan monks in exile at a Bhutan monastery.
  18. The glimpses of religious life bumping into secular passion are touching and warmly comic.
  19. Never offers much enlightenment through its message.
  20. A very funny movie, alive with a sense of absurdity and human foible.
  21. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    The tragedy of modern Tibet haunts this otherwise lighthearted tale of life inside a Buddhist monastery-in-exile.
  22. 90
    The lovability quotient is as high as the altitude.
  23. A chalice of unpretentious delight, flowing over with goodwill, a cheeky love for soccer and, uh, Buddhist humor.

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