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  • Summary: Based on true events, Pride tells the inspiring story of Jim Ellis (Howard), a charismatic schoolteacher in the 1970s who changed lives forever when he founded an African-American swim team in one of Philadelphia's roughest neighborhoods. (Lionsgate)
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Pride doesn't have much surprise, but it's a formula picture of genuine feeling.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    60
    The movie serves up the expected ratio of setbacks to triumphs and closes with video footage of the real Jim Ellis. But when sinewy young idealists glide through water to the tune of "I'll Take You There," the heart still leaps.
  5. 50
    Canned racial uplift and tear-streaked faces abound, though they're offset somewhat by a nicely funky blaxploitation vibe.
  6. 50
    It follows exactly the same path as both "Glory Road" (except that was basketball) and "Gridiron Gang" (football).
  7. Despite Mr. Howard's best efforts in the role, though, the film rarely realizes its subject's potential.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. JohnH.
    Mar 21, 2007
    10
    Surprisingly, one of the best films I've seen in quite some time. Excellent story, fantastic acting and first rate screenplay. A huge thumbs up.
  2. PearlJr
    Mar 22, 2007
    10
    What a magnificent inspirational story of triumph! I love Terrence Howard and every parent should take their child to see this film of perserverence.
  3. SusieH.
    Mar 24, 2007
    9
    Very uplifting story. One of the best movies I've seen in awhile.
  4. ChadS.
    Mar 28, 2007
    7
    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". Collapse
  5. [Anonymous]
    Mar 22, 2007
    6
    It is a true story. And it is better than most.

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