Pride Reviews

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.
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.
October 31, 2007
Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.
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.
July 14, 2007
July 9, 2007
A movie that deserves to succeed, but falls just short because it shows us much more than it teaches us.
July 2, 2007
...undone by its reliance on exceedingly conventional elements.
June 25, 2007
Despite its shortcomings, Pride proves to be an effective feel-good sports drama.
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.
April 5, 2007
The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.
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.
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.
March 31, 2007
This is an inspirational movie that really touches the heart.
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.
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"?
March 26, 2007
I have seen Pride now too many times without actually seeing it.
March 26, 2007
Swimming isn't exactly the most cinematic of sports and unfortunately the script gets waterlogged well before the big finale.
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 26, 2007
Been there done that.
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.