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The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis, a college-educated African-American, can't find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim converts an abandoned recreational pool hall in a Philadelphia slum with the help of Elston, a local janitor. But when city officials mark the new Philadelphia Department of Recreation for demolition, Jim fights back--by starting the city's first African-American swim team. Recruiting troubled teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers--all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"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
"It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"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
"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
"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)
"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
"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
"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."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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