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Pride features a typically stellar performance from Terrence Howard, but ultimately falls victim to its over usage of sports movie clichés. Read critic reviews

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In 1970s Philadelphia, Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard), who is driven by a love of competitive swimming, fixes up an abandoned pool building with the help of a janitor named Elston (Bernie Mac). But when city officials mark the place for demolition, he fights back by founding an all-black swim team. Facing racism, violence and a hostile city official, Jim struggles to prepare his novice swimmers for the state championships.

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

    April 5, 2007 | Rating: B-
  • 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.

    March 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • Not so much formulaic as elemental, this campy, would-be-inspirational jock weepy scrapes the barrel for life-lesson-imparting sports to exploit.

    March 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 23, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    March 23, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 17, 2011
    I really like Terrence Howard, and this movie was pretty good. Despite being super-sweet (to the point of saccharine), and being emotionally heavy-handed, I still had tears well in my eyes from time to time. While not overtly racist, this film was subtly racist. In the entire film there was only one positive white character, and he was only shown briefly at the beginning. Many of the white characters were blatantly, and ridiculously evil. BUT..I understood the meaning of the movie, and I did enjoy it.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2011
    I really liked this film alot. It's simple, very formulaic, but it is also very touching. Terrence Howard gives a very good performance. I'd recommend this film to anyone.
    Jameson W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2010
    Another late night find, this is a 'type' of film that we've seen many times before but it is still very entertaining and Terence Howard and Bernie Mac are great. Maybe because I used to be a swimmer I enjoyed this more than most but the film worked for me. Perhaps it could have done with a bit more grit but these Hollywood true story films always leave a bit of a sweet taste behind. Pretty good though.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2009
    I love swimming movies, even though actors can't swim for toffee. Plus this ones got Terrence Howard in it, hurray, Though Terrence Howards in everything
    Lesley N Super Reviewer

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