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Pride Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 25, 2011
It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
October 31, 2007
Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 9, 2007
A movie that deserves to succeed, but falls just short because it shows us much more than it teaches us.
| Original Score: 68/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 2, 2007
...undone by its reliance on exceedingly conventional elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Stax
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
Despite its shortcomings, Pride proves to be an effective feel-good sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2007
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
Top Critic
Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 5, 2007
The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.
| Original Score: B-
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
April 1, 2007
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.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
March 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
March 31, 2007
This is an inspirational movie that really touches the heart.
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
March 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
March 28, 2007
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"?
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
March 26, 2007
I have seen Pride now too many times without actually seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
March 26, 2007
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
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 26, 2007
Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
March 26, 2007
Been there done that.
| Original Score: 2.3/5
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
March 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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