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Pride and Glory Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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November 10, 2008
What it lacks in subtlety and intelligence it makes up in violence, brutishness, and hackneyed story lines. These are qualities best enjoyed at home.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 28, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 24, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 24, 2008
An unexceptional police drama that doesn't live up to its high ambition, Pride and Glory feels like a television cop show that made it through one season before disappearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
Pride and Glory is more than just lousy; it's an amalgam of every bad tendency of the current cinema, stitched together into a single 125-minute monstrosity of a cop movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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October 24, 2008
What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 24, 2008
It's bearable for two acts, but eventually sensation overtakes sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 24, 2008
Pride and Glory, directed by Gavin O'Connor, plods across familiar ground. It's yet another movie about the fraternal disorder of the police.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 24, 2008
When the writers went to the Dialogue Store, it must have been closed because they loaded their cart from whatever they found in the Dumpster out back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 24, 2008
The dirty-cop drama Pride and Glory overshoots the mark by spinning its implausible, hyperviolent tale around too tight a family circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 24, 2008
A gritty thriller in the bloodline of Sidney Lumet's compelling New York City cop stories Serpico, Prince of the City and Dog Day Afternoon, it also offers deeper meaning for anyone willing to look for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Miami Herald
October 24, 2008
Even the weakest episode of TV's The Shield owns Pride and Glory outright: This is the kind of movie so relentlessly derivative, you can figure out the turns and surprises awaiting in the script just five minutes into the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2008
A plodding, formulaic police drama bathed in bluish light, Pride and Glory displays very little of either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 24, 2008
Granted, the opening scenes are a shaky-cam chaos. Mawkishness and bleating illogic plague the endgame. But I might have forgiven even that had the remainder of the movie not been ruined in the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 24, 2008
A top-notch cast including Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight really get the job done, with spare, tough/tender performances that rank among their best work.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 24, 2008
A talented cast and moments of brutal violence can't dislodge a sense of ho-hum predictability in Pride and Glory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 24, 2008
Not that the movie's a knockout by any means. But it does bring enough integrity, good acting and old-fashioned mean street snarl to the formula to show it can still work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 24, 2008
Well-paced, well-acted, Pride and Glory is much richer than routine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 24, 2008
Director Gavin O'Connor and co-screenwriter Joe Carnahan take a perfectly fine B-movie premise and slow it down to an A-movie pace; in the process, they remove the juice that keeps a story like this honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
October 24, 2008
There's nothing wrong with a gritty cop drama, so long as it has something to offer besides grit.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 23, 2008
Pride and Glory definitely stirs up some drama. But the script doesn't serve the drama well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 23, 2008
Pride and Glory would be risible if it weren't so reprehensible.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 23, 2008
Pride And Glory would have felt second-hand and overly familiar even if it were greenlit in 1937 as a vehicle for Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 23, 2008
Intelligently directed, beautifully shot (by Declan Quinn) and takes what has come to be an unorthodox approach to the writing of screenplays: It assumes the audience isn't made up of idiots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2008
It follows the well-worn pathways of countless police dramas before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 23, 2008
Everything about the dirty cop thriller Pride and Glory is formulaic and forgettable, even down to its generic title.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 23, 2008
Ostensibly about a steadily imploding Irish-cop family in New York, Pride and Glory sizzles with a subversive subtext that questions blind loyalty to institutions, from the White House to Wall Street, that keep selling us out.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 23, 2008
There's nothing new about the film, including its basic problem: a cast of talented actors cut off at the knees by stilted, cliched writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 22, 2008
It wants to be different; yet, in the end, the elements that separate this police corruption film from those with similar themes and subjects are those that derail the climax and send this freight train careening out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 22, 2008
What we're left with isn't an embarrassment, but isn't anything for this proud cast to glory in, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 22, 2008
A tightly acted and emotionally bruising corrupt-cop family drama that feels like the kind of serious, slow-burn NYPD movie nobody -- not even Lumet -- makes anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 22, 2008
How ironic that a movie filled with police officers should end up feeling like a hostage situation.
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Sara Cardace
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 20, 2008
There may not be much new about director Gavin O'Connor's cop-corruption drama, but it's packed with enough gritty action and unflinching violence to keep things interesting.