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Ride Like a Girl (2019)



Critic Consensus: Ride Like a Girl is far from the subtlest inspirational drama, but its fact-based story and charming cast are just enough to guide it down the stretch.

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As a little girl, Michelle Payne (Teresa Palmer) dreams of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup - horse-racing's toughest two-mile race. The youngest of 10 children, Michelle is raised by single father Paddy (Sam Neill). She leaves school at 15 to become a jockey and after early failures she finds her feet, but a family tragedy, followed by her own near fatal horse fall all but ends the dream. But with the love of her dad and her brother Stevie, Michelle will not give up. Against all the medical advice, and the protests of her siblings, she rides on, and meets the Prince of Penzance. Together they overcome impossible odds for a shot at the dream: a ride in the 2015 Melbourne Cup, at odds of 100 to 1. The rest is history. Ride Like A Girl is the incredible true story of Michelle Payne.

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Critic Reviews for Ride Like a Girl

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (5)

The big-heartedness of this film won me over despite my utter ignorance of the racing world.

June 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Griffiths gives the pic a workmanlike, generic feel that would play well on family-centric cable channels.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

"Ride Like a Girl" never finds its rhythm, alternately moving too fast and too slow, as it often leaves the audience behind in the dust.

March 12, 2020 | Full Review…

What interests Griffiths most is the Payne family and the film is at its best when concentrating on the dynamics of this close-knit clan. It's heartening and it's fun but Payne herself remains slightly out of focus.

September 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is play-to-the-bleachers entertainment, loaded with Hallmark sentiment and configured with an atmospheric integrity a cut above a soft drink commercial.

September 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As Michelle Payne, [Teresa] Palmer does a credible job with her performance, which solidly carries the whole movie ... Ride Like a Girl is absolutely an inspiring film, but compared to 1944's National Velvet, it just won't be considered a classic.

July 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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