• PG, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sunu Gonera
    In Theaters:
    Mar 14, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 26, 2007
  • Lionsgate
  • Pride
    2 minutes 28 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Pride Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

April 25, 2011
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 5/10

March 3, 2008
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 31, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

Howard anchors the film with a charismatic turn. He doesn't turn Ellis into a plaster saint but portrays a complex and complicated man.

Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

July 14, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

A movie that deserves to succeed, but falls just short because it shows us much more than it teaches us.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 68/100

July 9, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...undone by its reliance on exceedingly conventional elements.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 2, 2007
IGN Movies

Despite its shortcomings, Pride proves to be an effective feel-good sports drama.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 25, 2007
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

June 19, 2007
Keith Phipps
AV Club
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

April 5, 2007
Cynthia Fuchs

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.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

April 1, 2007
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2007
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

This is an inspirational movie that really touches the heart.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review

March 31, 2007
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

March 31, 2007
Brent Simon

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"?

Full Review Source:

March 28, 2007
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

I have seen Pride now too many times without actually seeing it.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 2/4

March 26, 2007
Pete Hammond

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

March 26, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable.

March 26, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

Been there done that.

Full Review Source: Greenwich Village Gazette | Original Score: 2.3/5

March 26, 2007
Kam Williams

Well-intentioned, at best, regrettably, this fairly formulaic, Philly sports flick doesn't show enough brotherly love for anyone to be proud of it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

March 25, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

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

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

March 25, 2007
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