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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: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    8
    This movie was shot so realistically that you actually felt like you were in the middle of Washington Heights watching this all play-out. Edward Norton is one of those rare actors that even though he seems out of place in a gritty film like this somehow he makes it work. The cast was exceptional and made you hate and feel bad for them all at the same time. My only two beefs would be that it is one in a billion of corrupt cop movies which weighs a bit on it (though it is one of the better ones around) and the language is a bit excessive, I get that it adds to the realism, but that doesn't mean that I have to enjoy it. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2010
    7
    The hailed heroism and glory are things that are ranked high along with the badge for the Tierney family, a well respected circle of father (Jon Voight) and son's (Edward Norton and Noah Emmerich) police officers. They are known for their good deeds, but when a police corruption scandal is discovered by Ray (Edward Norton) things start to heat up. The signs point toward brother in law Jimmy (Colin Farrell) being a loose cannon. Soon the tension is high between Farrell and Norton which ends up to be a very heated, fist clenched, raging rivalry between the two. The family's true code of ethics is put into play as Norton struggles to do what is right. -All of the acting was very genuine and very immersing. Especially the acting from Farrell as he shows us a very angry, above the law cop (The baby and the iron part was very tense), he fleshed out a nice, spiteful bastard. -Overall 'Pride and Glory' was a good cop, crime drama that was pretty well written, with some slight predictability which is made up for by good cast interaction and an overall good main character carried properly by Norton. The story was good enough to keep me watching and the realism was the icing on the cake. Expand
  3. 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

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