Pride Reviews

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April 5, 2007
The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 23, 2007
That Pride ultimately gets to you is more of a surprise than the outcome because it's not very well-constructed.
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.
March 23, 2007
A generic against-the-odds underdog sports drama.
March 23, 2007
It is a testament to the robotic constraints of Pride that even Terrence Howard sinks in the service of formula.
March 23, 2007
The dialogue and plot may be clich, but Howard's slow-burn portrayal redeems the weak writing.
March 23, 2007
Howard's character declares that "the world isn't black and white." The world, no, but the movie, yes.
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.
March 23, 2007
Pride does its subject matter proud.
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.
March 23, 2007
There's no excuse for Pride's mediocrity -- not with this story, not with this cast.
March 23, 2007
The trouble with Pride is that it sticks so close to the sports-movie playbook that it never comes alive.
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.
March 23, 2007
Competitive swimming has certainly not been overdone in sports movies, and the less-than-compelling Pride might offer the reason why.
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.
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