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  • Summary: Pride and Glory is an authentic, gritty, and emotional portrait of the New York City Police Department. The film follows a multi-generational police family whose moral code is tested when one of two sons on the force investigates an incendiary case involving his older brother and brother-in-law. The case forces the family to choose between their loyalties to one another and their loyalties to the department. (New Line Cinema) Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. 88
    It overflows with a combustible blend of street sensitivity and testosterone.
  2. The stark drama harkens back to Sidney Lumet classics like "Serpico" and "Prince of the City"-filmmaking that went after an unadorned, jagged realism, with acting to match.
  3. What makes the characters in Pride and Glory real -- and raises the movie above the standard corrupt-cop fare -- is their capacity to live and die in shades of gray.
  4. You can feel the debt to Sidney Lumet's '70s studies in police corruption and cop brotherhood, but O'Connor never captures the edge of danger, anger and moral stands being ground up in compromise.
  5. A movie full of actors improvising their idea of how cops in a Scorsese flick would talk. It's a special sort of cartoonishness, a hard-to-pin-down brand of emotionally grandstanding fakeness you sometimes see in movies trying way too hard to be "gritty."
  6. It's a good thing this movie has been sitting on the shelf for a year or more, because, apart from the difference in release dates, there's little to distinguish this new cop drama from last year's cop drama "We Own the Night."
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    20
    How ironic that a movie filled with police officers should end up feeling like a hostage situation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. R.Lopez
    Feb 5, 2009
    10
    After decades of macho dramas, The Shield, and other ''gritty'' TV police shows, cop movies today rarely have the understated oomph that guys like Sidney Lumet brought to them in the '70s and '80s. But Pride and Glory is an old-style exception, a very well acted and emotionally gripping corrupt-cop family drama that feels like the kind of serious, slow-burn NYPD movie nobody makes anymore. Edward Norton is in top form as Ray, a burned-out detective whose investigation into the deaths of four cops leads him to suspect his brother-in-law, Officer Jimmy Egan (Colin Farrell, also terrific). The climactic bar brawl and street beating unfortunately feel too stock, but otherwise co-writer/ director Gavin O'Connor puts a new shine on familiar material. I very highly recommended this film. Expand
  2. JaredC.
    Oct 23, 2008
    10
    This years "We Own the Night," but also this years most astounding cop drama.
  3. JohnM.
    Nov 7, 2008
    9
    Held my interest from start to end. Great acting performances from all major characters.
  4. Oct 17, 2010
    7
    The compelling reason to see this movie is Edward Norton. There are other fine casting choices, including Jon Voigt, just about all of the female actors and ethnic participants, some of whom are non-actors, but very real. The story is no better than a typical Third Watch episode, but better than a standard NYPD story. Why it took so long to make is a reflection of the producer's lack of focus, or maybe too much focus. Colin Ferrel looks totally out of place and makes very little contribution to his role. Some of the plot is downright ridiculous and the ending is stupid. But, there is enough to draw an interested if limited viewer. There is lots of f-bombs, which seem totally out of place, and just made up to be made up. There is a very sensitive scene with the Chief's cancer ridden wife. The relationships among the cops makes one ask, would that be allowed? To be honest, it is not a good movie. But, because of Norton and a few other gritty character performances, it has merit. The DVD is a "making of" and is generally so self-centred on the director himself, as if there was nothing else going on in the world. Skip it. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    6
    I wasn't sure what to expect from this movie, but this wasn't this.

    There were a lot of characters, with minimum introductions. Many
    stories, many shades, some with more purpose than the others.

    The story was good, but the execution pretty poor: the beginning was jumpy and a bit confusing, and the jumpiness never really stopped. Some agendas were quite clear - the rest, not so much. All in all the movie seemed very restless, pushing forward when it maybe should have taken a moment to calm down a little.

    The acting was good, but not overwhelmingly so; lots of good actors who didn't get to shine as much as I would have liked them to.

    In general, there's action and some violence, but it all drowns in the inability to keep the story together and running smoothly. The themes move around family, dirty cops, and what is the right thing to do when you could either lose everything you have worked for, or look the other way. And some people never look the other way.
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  6. ChadS.
    Oct 28, 2008
    6
    Denzel Washington's historical Best Actor win for his portrayal of a bad cop in Antoine Fuqua's "Training Day" at the 2002 Academy Awards was met with tempered excitement in some quarters. These well-wishers were disappointed that Washington couldn't have followed in the footsteps of Sidney Poitier with a role more along the lines of Malcolm X.(in which Washington lost the Oscar in 1992 to Al Pacino for his role as a "hoo-ha('ing)" blind man in Martin Brest's "Scent of a Woman"), or Dr. Virgil Tibbs(Poitier's 1967 Oscar-winning role from Norman Jewison's "In the Heat of the Night"), than the gangbanger with a badge who would leave his unformed partner in the ghetto for dead. But give Washington credit, when the "St. Elsewhere" alumnist put his screen image at risk, he went all out. Alonzo was one bad mutha*****. Thankfully, the filmmaker let Washington explore all the nuances of this one dimension, the bad mutha***** dimension, instead of fortifying the rogue cop with redeeming characteristics to cajole the audience into complicity, by having them sympathize with the antagonist's flaws. In other words, bad mutha*****s are human beings, too. But there can be only one Martin Scorsese. And "Pride and Glory" is not "Cape Fear"(Scorsese's reworking of the 1962 J. Lee Thompson original); it's also not "Good Fellas" in blue. Alonzo was a gangsta. Jimmy Egan(Colin Farrell) is a gangsta, too. But Jimmy has a wife and child; together, hangin' in the family crib, they look like the very model of domestic bliss(conversely, Alonzo's girl looks like a "homegirl" on blow). The kindness that Jimmy bestows on his family is supposed to absorb whatever illegal shennanigans he orchestrates on the job. But the good-hearted nurse and the child who goes to sleep with racecars dotted all over his blanket, can't absorb, and finally, redeem, a husband/father who'd punch a woman square in the face, hard, then threaten her infant with a piping hot iron, close. This sort of gratuitous act is ugly, but at least it would be honest, if Jimmy didn't show contrition soon after. Farrell is obviously thinking about his screen image. In the dialogue-less final scene, Ray Tierney(Edward Norton) become a Scorsese-like protagonist, but the expression is incomplete without Jimmy's presence. Ray never quite gets the chance to be the hero before his code of ethics is compromised by family pressure. Expand
  7. BobG.
    Mar 6, 2009
    3
    Wow, this movie was bad - any episode of the wire - even without any backstory, is better than this !! The first 10 min is back to back swearing, seemingly to make up for zero action ( in fact the whole film fails in that regard ). The plot is thin and contrived. The acting and direction are "OK". It doesn't have an ending. This is so far away from the Departed I wish it had never ... "arrived". If you thought that was bad; watch this. Expand

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