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Ride Like a Girl

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Australia · 2019
Rated PG · 1h 38m
Director Rachel Griffiths
Starring Teresa Palmer, Sam Neill, Sullivan Stapleton, Magda Szubanski
Genre Drama

The story of Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup.

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The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore

Making her debut as director with a true story from her native Australia, actor Rachel Griffiths gives the pic a workmanlike, generic feel that would play well on family-centric cable channels. Horse lovers will be the moviegoers most vulnerable to its modest charms.


Los Angeles Times by Kimber Myers

Unfortunately, this Australian horse racing film remains a standard underdog narrative that fails to rouse the audience from their seats, despite the best efforts from its cast and a few charming moments.


The Guardian by Luke Buckmaster

Clearly marketed as inoffensive feel-good pap, I didn’t go into the film expecting a nuanced commentary on the racing industry. But nor did I expect what often felt like a thinly veiled 98-minute advertisement, interspersed with occasional moments of warmth and humanity.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

The whole affair plays as muzzled, truncated and incomplete — a ten furlong dash through a two mile (16 furlong) race.


Screen Daily by Sarah Ward

For a film so tied to a thoroughbred showcase, this broad crowd-pleaser blatantly relies on well-worn parts.

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