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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Despite Mr. Howard's best efforts in the role, though, the film rarely realizes its subject's potential.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Terrence Howard delivers another solid lead performance and competition swimming is a new arena for such films. Nonetheless, Pride is just plain trite.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today 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.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Howard, playing an inspirational and resourceful man up against long odds, really is an inspiration.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Pride doesn't have much surprise, but it's a formula picture of genuine feeling.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Feel-good swimming flick takes on racism.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this fact-based drama deals with racism head-on from its very first scene, in which Terrence Howard's character, Jim Ellis, is the only African American at a swim meet in 1960s North Carolina. A scuffle breaks out, and he ends up striking a white cop. He encounters bigotry again in the '70s when he ends up coaching an all-black swim team: The team's wealthier white competitors sabotage and ridicule the black swimmers at meets. But the drama also shows Jim's team making "honky" jokes and goofing off instead of taking competition seriously. Besides the opening brawl, there's another altercation in a pool, when Jim nearly drowns the local drug dealer.

  • Families can talk about the different forms of racism displayed in the film. Why wouldn't any of the other swimmers get in the pool with Jim? How are his experiences tied in with the American South's segregated past? Jim also deals with prejudice in the North. Are there any differences in the racist attitudes of both regions? What other recent films deal with racism and sports? Is bigotry still an issue in athletics in real life?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Inner-city African-American teens learn to appreciate swimming competitively thanks to their tireless coach. The entire neighborhood rallies behind the swimmers, and wealthy white swimmers and their coaches eventually grow to respect the team.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Jim's presence at an all-white swim meet sparks a near riot. He punches a white police officer. Jim nearly drowns the local drug dealer.

  • sex false3

    Sexy stuff: Some flirting and hand-holding and one kiss. The neighborhood pimp offers Jim a date with one of his ladies, but he declines. The boys on the team flirt and holler at girls.

  • language false3

    Language: Some foul language and racial terms like "Negro" and "boy."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There's an obvious drug dealer and pimp who uses local teens to make his deliveries.