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Pride and Glory (2008)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 100

Formulaic in its plotting and cliched in its dialogue, Pride and Glory does little to distinguish itself from other police procedurals.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 28

Formulaic in its plotting and cliched in its dialogue, Pride and Glory does little to distinguish itself from other police procedurals.



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Director Gavin O'Connor collaborates with Narc director/screenwriter Joe Carnahan on this family-focused police drama concerning an honest homicide detective (Edward Norton) assigned to investigate the precinct run by his potentially crooked older brother (Noah Emmerich). As the investigation begins to reveal some troubling facts about the precinct, it gradually becomes apparent that the policeman who is also the older brother's best friend (Colin Farrell) may be the man orchestrating many of


Drama, Kids & Family

Gavin O'Connor, Joe Carnahan

Jan 27, 2009


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All Critics (156) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (100) | DVD (6)

What it lacks in subtlety and intelligence it makes up in violence, brutishness, and hackneyed story lines. These are qualities best enjoyed at home.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Bloody, violent and increasingly derivative, 'Pride and Glory' betrays its initial promise as a small-scale, 'Godfather'-esque social tapestry with crude plotting, variable acting and an all-too-guessable storyline and conclusion.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's yet another movie about familial strife in the New York City Police Department. If you think you've seen it all before, you have.

October 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Pride and Glory is full of interesting little grace notes, and the cast is excellent, yet it grows more and more frustrating. It has everything going for it except a story that doesn't send the audience out miles ahead of the plot developments.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Pride's only saving grace is Edward Norton, whose mere presence raises the level of a film several notches. But it's unclear why he lately has chosen such worn-out material.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
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There's nothing really wrong with Pride and Glory, apart from an excessive degree of brutality, but there's nothing terribly revelatory about it either.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it can make for some awfully dull films. The line between inspiration and imitation is fine crossed repeatedly. Pride and Glory isn't the worst offender, just the latest.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

No button remains unpushed, no shred of scenery remains unshredded and no F-bomb remains unuttered.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

Pride and Glory doesn't add anything to the generic crooked-cop procedural that we haven't seen with more verve in better movies.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

This predictable police corruption story with an A-list cast explores themes of family and honesty as two cop brothers uncover the dirt on their brother-in-law's violent activity, while senior cop Dad tries to keep things under control.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Uma pena que o filme jamais consiga escapar realmente do lugar comum, implodindo de vez em seu terrível terceiro ato.

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Hard to watch, hard to listen to and hard to follow.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

The actors in Pride and Glory do their best with this cliched material, but the film is so grim, ugly and miserable that it's difficult to sympathise with even the most positive characters.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian | Comment (1)
The Australian

I thought this film was a mess.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

As a drama, Pride and Glory is too glum, and worse, it doesn't convince.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Director and co-writer Gavin O'Connor is the son of a former New York policeman, and displays a strong grasp of the familial and fraternal ties that bind his characters together.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

While its kinetic appeal does have a numbing - if temporary effect - on your critical faculties, television has been much more successful in claiming this territory as its own.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Relentlessly dour, filled with unsympathetic characters, and made out of cardboard melodrama. It's the last of those sins that is unforgivable. [Blu-ray]

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Comment (1)
Groucho Reviews

It's predictable, it's also escapist entertainment.

January 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

...only skims the surface of its characters and offers nothing new in the way of corrupt law enforcement.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Elevated by superb performances, led by Edward Norton and a very chilling Colin Farrell.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comments (3)

What's especially lamentable is that this movie strands yet another exemplary turn by Edward Norton, who once again is superior to the material surrounding him.

November 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comment (1)
Creative Loafing

Pride and Glory is a bleak, boring and hopelessly familiar corrupt cop story that simply does not work despite the determined, top-of-their-game efforts of O'Connor and Norton, not to mention Colin Farrell, Jon Voight and others.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

A well-acted and tightly structured piece that would be more impactful if there weren't a feeling that we've seen it before.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Pride and Glory

You can't beat a good 'Family of Cops' New York drama. This one has every cliche under the sun, the Dad is the forceful boss, one brother can't be trusted, brothers fight, there is a formal funeral in the rain, one brother lives on a boat etc etc. It's better than most of the cheesy films that have come before in the genre but unfortunately that fact doesn't do it any favours because as entertaining as it is, we've seen it all before. Elizabeth Bennet shaved her head though, so respect given.
November 7, 2013

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Stinks of desperation, and a particular kind: wishing it were one of the many better movies in this genre. This film is effectively a knock-off of everything from In the Heat of the Night to Training Day, or The Departed, or even We Own the Night: good brother/bad brother, good cop/bad cop, whole families on the force. The other place this film steals from is Dennis Lehane: it felt like a poor cousin of Clint Eastwood's Mystic River or even Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone. Edward Norton has long been one of my favourite actors, but since the turn of the century, he's chosen increasingly worse projects. A shame, because he's pretty good in this, and so is Colin Farrell, though he's a bit too Irish-sounding in some scenes. The movie could easily have been a half hour shorter: there are too many balls in the air to juggle (a sister dying of cancer is a good motivator, but I don't think we need to see so much of her story), and the writing is brutal, watery exposition, laying bare every character's every motivation and draining most of the tension out of what should have been a gritty, realistic film. I've seen first-hand that Washington Heights can be a scary place, and the way it looks on-screen is to the film's credit. Unfortunately, the rest of the work falls flat, until Sage Francis's song over the opening credits, which actually hammers home a metaphor from earlier about a leaky boat. Too bad that most people won't hear this song, having turned the movie off midway. I kind of wish that I had.
November 6, 2011

Super Reviewer

There's good, gritty filmmaking on display here and there are moments reminiscent of some of the genre's greats, but "Pride and Glory" gets completely bogged down by a muddy screenplay that kicks off to a great start, but soon becomes more and more confused, tedious, and in the end... generic. The performances and direction hint at a better movie, but in the end that just makes this deeply flawed effort all the more disappointing.
August 16, 2011

Super Reviewer

A good cop drama about a family in the force, thrown into an awkward position when a case exposes some dirty cops from their precinct. A very enjoyable film, with a well assembled cast. Might be a little confusing at the start as to who is bad and who isn't though. It doesn't have a great deal of action but it's still a good story well told.
June 17, 2010

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