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Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.



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PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. (C) CBS

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Critic Reviews for Pride

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (45)

  • In its total inspirational sweep, it earns comparison to the movement it chronicles - as an organized, well-calculated piece of political theater.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • This film moves effortlessly from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showcasing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds to some vignettes of incredible poignancy.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This portrayal of the unlikely 1980s alliance between London gay-rights activists and striking Welsh miners is, quite simply, one of the best movies of the year so far.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The important twist is that Pride seems to capture the essence of reality, giving it the recognition it deserves. Truth really is stranger than fiction, and Pride tells that truth with flair.

    Jan 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's impossible to single out one performance. Family feeling animates the whole cast and as the fight against bigotry intensifies, so does the spirit of mutual affection. It's the real thing, Ealing revisited in brighter plumage.

    Oct 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Pride offers all the virtues we expect from an English comedy. It's dry, surprising, compassionate, politically savvy, emotionally rewarding and stacked to the gills with great actors doing solid work.

    Oct 29, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pride

  • Oct 02, 2016
    Great feel-good movie celebrating solidarity and tolerance. The set-up in the 80s feels authentic, thanks to the fitting soundtrack and costumes. The great acting, especially by Bill Nighy, who has some of the best scenes, makes it enjoyable and very entertaining to follow the characters through their ups and downs. While the second half has a few more serious tones than the first, it also makes the film much more interesting and the mix always works.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2016
    It's an interesting moment in socialist/gay history, but being only a moment means there's not enough there for a two hour film.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2015
    A group of gay activists organize a protest in support of Welsh miners who have been victimized by Margaret Thatcher's policies. It's hard to make a heart-warming movie. With too many positive scenes a film can flounder for conflict and fail to progress. But Pride manages to be thoroughly heart-warming and keep moving. The film progresses from intra-group interpersonal conflicts, which are funny and occasionally moving, to inter-group awkwardness, which are just as funny. The film's serious moments don't ward off its charm, and the cast is equally accomplished throughout. Overall, this is an excellent, uplifting film.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2015
    This legitimately inspirational and thoroughly-feel-good movie is about an unusual but extraordinary slice of history involving the solidarity of a gay-and-lesbian activist group and the National Union of Mineworkers during the London strikes of the Thatcher era. Matthew Warchus directs with the chutzpah of a movie musical (I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't already being optioned for stage adaptation), gravitating effortlessly from crowd-pleasing moments of light-heartedness to surprisingly effective emotional beats. He is aided completely by his stellar cast, an ensemble of such character and nuance that maintain an element of sincerity even in the film's more formulaic segments.
    Kyle W Super Reviewer

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