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A college-educated African-American schoolteacher frustrated by his inability to find a job repairs an abandoned recreational pool hall in hopes of starting Philadelphia's first African-American swim team in this inspirational drama that takes its cue from the true-life story of charismatic 1970s-era schoolteacher Jim Ellis. The year is 1973 and the job market is tight. Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) may have a college diploma, but despite his education he still can't seem to find a job. An aspiring teacher with a lifelong love of competitive swimming, Ellis determines to take his future… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Howard anchors the film with a charismatic turn. He doesn't turn Ellis into a plaster saint but portrays a complex and complicated man."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Despite its shortcomings, Pride proves to be an effective feel-good sports drama."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"Not so much formulaic as elemental, this campy, would-be-inspirational jock weepy scrapes the barrel for life-lesson-imparting sports to exploit."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"Terrence Howard's unforced charisma did a lot for Crash and Hustle & Flow, and he's the chief reason Pride is worth catching."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"A movie that deserves to succeed, but falls just short because it shows us much more than it teaches us."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"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."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"That Pride ultimately gets to you is more of a surprise than the outcome because it's not very well-constructed."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"...undone by its reliance on exceedingly conventional elements."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
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