It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film.
| Original Score: 5/10
Maybe because it focused on swimming, and didn't really capture the drama of the sport, it came off like a TV movie. It even borrowed from Dead Poets Society with an 'Oh Captain, My Captain' moment.
Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.
| Original Score: 3/5
Howard anchors the film with a charismatic turn. He doesn't turn Ellis into a plaster saint but portrays a complex and complicated man.
| Original Score: B-
A movie that deserves to succeed, but falls just short because it shows us much more than it teaches us.
| Original Score: 68/100
...undone by its reliance on exceedingly conventional elements.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Despite its shortcomings, Pride proves to be an effective feel-good sports drama.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Directed by Zimbabwean-born Sunu Gonera, who seems fascinated with 1970s American 'ghetto' atmosphere; he overdoses viewers on afros, hoop earrings and graffiti, which at least keeps the movie watchable.
| Original Score: 2/4
The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.
Bodies are framed and lit to be seen. In a movie where characters appear in dimly lit interiors or near light-reflecting chlorine-blue pools, this is no small thing.
While Terrence Howard is subdued in the role of Coach Ellis throughout much of the film, Bernie Mac provides a much needed lift especially early on.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is an inspirational movie that really touches the heart.
Pride's story was etched in stone ages ago by mysterious movie powers beyond our understanding, and all the Staples Singers' songs in the world won't keep it from its appointed rounds.
| Original Score: 2/5
By painting in such broad strokes and playing up race-baiting that Ellis says he didn't experience, are they not couching the movie as somehow uniquely "black"?
I have seen Pride now too many times without actually seeing it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Swimming isn't exactly the most cinematic of sports and unfortunately the script gets waterlogged well before the big finale.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable.
Been there done that.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
Well-intentioned, at best, regrettably, this fairly formulaic, Philly sports flick doesn't show enough brotherly love for anyone to be proud of it.
| Original Score: 1/4
Sure it's predictable, but its virtues include its originality of theme (how often do we see films of African-American swim teens?) and a sharp performance by Terrence Howard
| Original Score: B