Pride

Pride

45%
  • 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

Keith Phipps
AV Club
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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
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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Not so much formulaic as elemental, this campy, would-be-inspirational jock weepy scrapes the barrel for life-lesson-imparting sports to exploit.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

March 24, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 24, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Pride is a fairly predictable entry in the highly predictable inspirational sports drama genre. But the movie is saved by the earnest, believable performance of Terrence Howard and by Bernie Mac in a more serious role than usual.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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It really has nothing to be proud of but a central performance much better than the movie itself deserves. It's time for Terrence Howard to appear in a movie that rises to his level.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2007
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Terrence Howard's unforced charisma did a lot for Crash and Hustle & Flow, and he's the chief reason Pride is worth catching.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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That Pride ultimately gets to you is more of a surprise than the outcome because it's not very well-constructed.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Despite the stale odor of the broth, lack of originality isn't Pride's stumbling point -- it's that the familiar story is not well presented.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A generic against-the-odds underdog sports drama.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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It is a testament to the robotic constraints of Pride that even Terrence Howard sinks in the service of formula.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The dialogue and plot may be cliché, but Howard's slow-burn portrayal redeems the weak writing.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Howard's character declares that "the world isn't black and white." The world, no, but the movie, yes.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There is not a single moment in Sunu Gonera's Pride that you haven't already seen, or that you can't predict.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Pride does its subject matter proud.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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Pride wades into the shallows when it ought to be diving into the deep end. In waters this familiar, everyone knows how to swim.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 23, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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There's no excuse for Pride's mediocrity -- not with this story, not with this cast.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
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The trouble with Pride is that it sticks so close to the sports-movie playbook that it never comes alive.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's more of a public service announcement than a movie. As such, it may do some good. But imagine what a truly great film with the same social conscience might accomplish.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

March 23, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Competitive swimming has certainly not been overdone in sports movies, and the less-than-compelling Pride might offer the reason why.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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This kind of story always manages to generate a bit of juice, and both Howard and Bernie Mac do their best to add character to the proceedings.

March 23, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Pride has a sly, sexy way of overcoming inherent filmmaking clichés and winning over its audience.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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Pride is a lovingly-presented homage to the heroism of Jim Ellis' life and his life's work.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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While it's neither as socially urgent as Freedom Writers nor as danceable and soapy as Stomp the Yard, it's better acted and tougher to resist.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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When sinewy young idealists glide through water to the tune of 'I'll Take You There,' the heart still leaps.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Despite Mr. Howard's best efforts in the role, the film rarely realizes its subject's potential.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 22, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Howard is a commanding presence as usual, and glaring Bernie Mac acquits himself admirably in the die-cut role of the eccentric assistant coach.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 22, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Manipulative rather than inspirational and hackneyed rather than original.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 22, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Pride is a fairly good example of the genre.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

March 22, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Pride has Hollywood formula practically stitched to its Speedo. But the characters and the actors who play them are so captivating, we're too entertained and charmed to notice.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 22, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a feel-good movie whose warmth lasts only as long as we're in the pool.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 22, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Out of a foamy sea of inspirational-sports-film cliches, Terrence Howard pulls Pride to safety.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Somewhere around the corner from the school where Antonio Banderas is teaching tough kids to mambo and the school where Hilary Swank is teaching tough kids to love literature, Terrence Howard is teaching tough kids to swim.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

March 22, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Pride doesn't have much surprise, but it's a formula picture of genuine feeling, with Terrence Howard proving once again that he wouldn't know how to keep it less than real.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 21, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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[The film] has enough buoyancy to remain afloat, though without the vigor of Terrence Howard and the charm of Bernie Mac, it likely would sink in its own sea of clichés.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 20, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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The feature debut from South African director Sunu Gonera is straight from the sports-film playbook, the one in which an underdog team coached by an obstinate overachiever overcomes obstacles and adversity to take home the gold.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 20, 2007
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Pic has built up enough goodwill to keep auds stoked to the end.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 20, 2007
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Yes, Terrence Howard delivers another solid lead performance and competition swimming is a new arena for such films. Nonetheless, Pride is just plain trite.

March 20, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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This is familiar terrain jazzed up by unfamiliar voices.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 20, 2007
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