Pride (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
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Critic Score: 45% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Pride features a typically stellar performance from Terrence Howard, but ultimately falls victim to its over usage of sports movie clichés.

Keith Phipps
AV Club

The plot plays out as predictably as anyone might expect, but the fine details keep Pride squarely above average.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Joshua Starnes

It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Director Sunu Gonera does a nice job with the swim meet scenes, and the cast of mostly unknown younger actors is extremely likable.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

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.

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Mark Holcomb
Time Out

Not so much formulaic as elemental, this campy, would-be-inspirational jock weepy scrapes the barrel for life-lesson-imparting sports to exploit.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Terrence Howard's unforced charisma did a lot for Crash and Hustle & Flow, and he's the chief reason Pride is worth catching.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I really like Terrence Howard, and this movie was pretty good. Despite being super-sweet (to the point of saccharine), and being emotionally heavy-handed, I… More
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"Pride" is one of those simple, conventional but uplifting movies about at-risk youth defying the odds and learning to believe in… More
Jameson Worley
I really liked this film alot. It's simple, very formulaic, but it is also very touching. Terrence Howard gives a very good performance. I'd recommend… More
Dan Schultz
From what I saw of it, totally cliched and very familiar, no originality at all.
Alexander Wilson
Swim films make good pick me up films with a very sporting motif underlying the movie pitch. Slightly let down in the fact that it was about this, haha, but… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
It was a heart warming story of a community center on the way out of business. Time framed in the seventies based upon a true story, this movie will compel you… More