Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27

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  1. Pride doesn't have much surprise, but it's a formula picture of genuine feeling.
  2. Howard, playing an inspirational and resourceful man up against long odds, really is an inspiration.
  3. It's about black athletes, and they swim. It's as reassuringly uplifting as its predecessors, but the African-American and aquatic elements set it pleasantly apart.
  4. Inspired by the true story of Ellis, has Hollywood formula practically stitched to its Speedo. But the characters and the actors who play them are so captivating, we're too entertained and charmed to notice.
  5. Whether this is all a case of life imitating art or vice versa matters little. Few of these movies aspire to art. What counts is the trajectory of uplift.
  6. As exasperating as it is conventionally satisfying.
  7. 67
    There are formulaic moments aplenty in Pride, the "inspired by a true story" tale of Philadelphia swimming coach Jim Ellis, but in its first scenes, at least, it deserves some credit for doing the unexpected.
  8. 63
    A measured, magnificently understated and intense performance by Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow, Crash) as Ellis gives Pride its fire and heart.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Worth seeing, not only because it shows how an ordinary man can do something extraordinary, but because it allows audiences the opportunity to watch an extraordinary actor in a performance that could have been rote, but instead is nuanced and intelligent.
  10. 63
    It's called Pride, and, while it's neither as socially urgent as "Freedom Writers" nor as danceable and soapy as "Stomp the Yard," it's better acted and tougher to resist
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. ChadS.
    Mar 28, 2007
    Eighteen years after Dodgers GM Al Campanis told Ted Koppel on "Nightline" that blacks lack the buoyancy to be good swimmers, "Pride" shows Eighteen years after Dodgers GM Al Campanis told Ted Koppel on "Nightline" that blacks lack the buoyancy to be good swimmers, "Pride" shows us that the brothers could float("We'll all float on, okay," goes the Modest Mouse hit) in 1974, before '74, and ever since. If "Pride" is accurate in its depiction of the era's social mores, you've got to be a little shocked by the unabashed fashionability of bigotry; to openly boo a team on the basis of skin color, at a time when white kids probably called each other "jive turkey", and themselves, "Kid Dyn-o-mite!", in suburbs all across North America. In 2007, would you get a similar ugly episode at a curling exhibition if Harlem sent a team to Wisconsin? "Pride" isn't just a formulaic sports movie, it's really about minority penetration of a niche sport that's predominantly white. Ten years ago, "Pride" would be about golf, or tennis. What this movie lacks in originality, it more than makes up in establishing time and place. The period detail seems just about right(the movie doesn't rely too heavily on the era's music). Like Terrence Howard's pimp in "Hustle and Flow", Gary Anthony Sturgis(Franklin) finds similar transcendence in another black stereotype, the drug dealer, and more than holds his own against the better-known actor. "Pride" isn't "Hoosiers" in a pool, but it has more buoyancy than the terrible "Glory Road". Full Review »
  2. SusieH.
    Mar 24, 2007
    Very uplifting story. One of the best movies I've seen in awhile.
  3. PearlJr
    Mar 22, 2007
    What a magnificent inspirational story of triumph! I love Terrence Howard and every parent should take their child to see this film of perserverence.