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Pride and Glory


Edward Norton and Colin Farrell star in this crime thriller that blurs the line between morality and duty as it asks the question: What does it mean to be loyal?

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Mature crooked-cop drama is no Departed.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this police drama tackles mature themes that aren't likely to appeal to younger viewers. Older teens familiar with stars Colin Farrell and Edward Norton may be interested, but this is definitely a parents'-night-out pick. There's hard-R language (including "f--k" and its derivatives) and realistic violence that includes multiple shoot-outs and execution-style murders, a suicide, a baby's life put in jeopardy, and a substantial amount of blood. The sex is limited to married couples kissing and embracing and one quick glimpse of a moaning drug dealer and his girlfriend. Drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol are prevalent.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the characters' various moral dilemmas. The men were stuck between loyalty to their brothers in blue -- not to mention their actual family -- and their duty to serve and protect. Even unethical characters aren't completely villainous. What motivated Jimmy and his crew to become corrupt? What do you think would have happened if Ray had made a different decision? How is this movie similar to other cop dramas? Do you think this kind of movie needs to include strong violence to be seen as realistic? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Pride and Glory, directed by Gavin O'Connor, plods across familiar ground. It's yet another movie about the fraternal disorder of the police.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, October 24, 2008

Rotten: Granted, the opening scenes are a shaky-cam chaos. Mawkishness and bleating illogic plague the endgame. But I might have forgiven even that had the remainder of the movie not been ruined in the trailer.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, October 24, 2008

Rotten: A plodding, formulaic police drama bathed in bluish light, Pride and Glory displays very little of either.

- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Friday, October 24, 2008

Audience Reviews

3 stars

A good cop drama about a family in the force, thrown into an awkward position when a case exposes some dirty cops from their precinct. A very enjoyable film, with a well assembled cast. Might be a little confusing at the start as to who is bad and who isn't though. It doesn't have a great deal of action but it's still a good story well told.

- Deano78, Thursday, June 17, 2010

4 stars

Gripping, intense film regarding a family of police officers(father, two sons, and son in law) who deal with corruption in their precinct in Washington Heights, NYC. Edward Norton turns in yet another brilliant performance in this somewhat dark film about the dubious brother in law's involvement in an incendiary case, and what is actually going on in the precinct which is primarily held together by this family whose moral codes are tested to the utmost. Do their loyalties belong to the department, or to each other?

- yona71, Friday, January 1, 2010

5 stars

This is what gives me faith in movies. Every actor in this was at the top of their game and the writing was so well done that even though you knew the twist, it was only the beginning. Edward Norton proves for the second time this year that he is one of the greatest actors of his generation. He had so much history to his character and was able to display all of that without even saying a word. Colin Farrell was probably one of the most evil characters on screen(I don't wanna spoil it for you) and pulled it off magnificently. He made Matt Damon in The Departed look like Jimmy Stewart in It's a wonderful life. And John Voight, you've still got it.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, November 17, 2009