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Pride Reviews

April 5, 2007
The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
March 24, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/6
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
That Pride ultimately gets to you is more of a surprise than the outcome because it's not very well-constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
A generic against-the-odds underdog sports drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
It is a testament to the robotic constraints of Pride that even Terrence Howard sinks in the service of formula.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
The dialogue and plot may be cliché, but Howard's slow-burn portrayal redeems the weak writing.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
Howard's character declares that "the world isn't black and white." The world, no, but the movie, yes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
Pride does its subject matter proud.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 23, 2007
There's no excuse for Pride's mediocrity -- not with this story, not with this cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
The trouble with Pride is that it sticks so close to the sports-movie playbook that it never comes alive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
March 23, 2007
Competitive swimming has certainly not been overdone in sports movies, and the less-than-compelling Pride might offer the reason why.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 23, 2007
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
Pride has a sly, sexy way of overcoming inherent filmmaking clichés and winning over its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
Pride is a lovingly-presented homage to the heroism of Jim Ellis' life and his life's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2007
When sinewy young idealists glide through water to the tune of 'I'll Take You There,' the heart still leaps.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 22, 2007
Despite Mr. Howard's best efforts in the role, the film rarely realizes its subject's potential.
March 22, 2007
Howard is a commanding presence as usual, and glaring Bernie Mac acquits himself admirably in the die-cut role of the eccentric assistant coach.
March 22, 2007
Manipulative rather than inspirational and hackneyed rather than original.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 22, 2007
Pride is a fairly good example of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 22, 2007
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.
March 22, 2007
It's a feel-good movie whose warmth lasts only as long as we're in the pool.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 22, 2007
Out of a foamy sea of inspirational-sports-film cliches, Terrence Howard pulls Pride to safety.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2007
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.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 21, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
March 20, 2007
[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.
March 20, 2007
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.
March 20, 2007
Pic has built up enough goodwill to keep auds stoked to the end.
March 20, 2007
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
This is familiar terrain jazzed up by unfamiliar voices.