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Ride Like a Girl (2020)

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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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Cast

Teresa Palmer
as Michelle Payne
Sam Neill
as Paddy Payne
Sullivan Stapleton
as Darren Weir
Stevie Payne
as Stevie Payne
Genevieve Morris
as Joan Sadler
Magda Szubanski
as Sister Dominique
Brooke Satchwell
as Therese Payne
Sophia Forrest
as Cathy Payne
Damien Garvey
as Terry Bailey
Aaron Glenane
as Patrick Payne
Amy Christian
as Girl at Funeral
Henry Nixon
as Andrew Payne
Shane Bourne
as Trevor Smart
Zara Zoe
as Maree Payne
Charles Russell
as Young Andrew Payne
Charles Russel
as Young Andrew Payne
Annaliese Apps
as Brigid Payne
Summer North
as Young Michelle
Veronica Thomas
as Bernadette
Maeliosa Stafford
as le père Keane
Sami Shah
as le docteur Aziz
Anne Phelan
as Sister Mary
Anton Skrzypiciel
as Racecourse Barman
Abbe Holmes
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Ride Like a Girl

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (8)

Absolutely terrific...a triumphant film...

August 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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 showcases a level of dramatic restraint that gives her movie an extra layer of authenticity that's splendid.

March 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | 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…

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