Critic Consensus: Earnest without being didactic and uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works.
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Critic Reviews for Pride
In its total inspirational sweep, it earns comparison to the movement it chronicles - as an organized, well-calculated piece of political theater.
This film moves effortlessly from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showcasing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds to some vignettes of incredible poignancy.
This portrayal of the unlikely 1980s alliance between London gay-rights activists and striking Welsh miners is, quite simply, one of the best movies of the year so far.
The important twist is that Pride seems to capture the essence of reality, giving it the recognition it deserves. Truth really is stranger than fiction, and Pride tells that truth with flair.
[Pride] is bright, perky and ostentatiously warm-hearted. I hated almost every minute.
It's impossible to single out one performance. Family feeling animates the whole cast and as the fight against bigotry intensifies, so does the spirit of mutual affection. It's the real thing, Ealing revisited in brighter plumage.
Audience Reviews for Pride
Thirty years after the events depicted, Pride is an inspiring film about the importance of solidarity and courage to fight for justice in our world. Full review on filmotrope. com
Great feel-good movie celebrating solidarity and tolerance. The set-up in the 80s feels authentic, thanks to the fitting soundtrack and costumes. The great acting, especially by Bill Nighy, who has some of the best scenes, makes it enjoyable and very entertaining to follow the characters through their ups and downs. While the second half has a few more serious tones than the first, it also makes the film much more interesting and the mix always works.
A group of gay activists organize a protest in support of Welsh miners who have been victimized by Margaret Thatcher's policies. It's hard to make a heart-warming movie. With too many positive scenes a film can flounder for conflict and fail to progress. But Pride manages to be thoroughly heart-warming and keep moving. The film progresses from intra-group interpersonal conflicts, which are funny and occasionally moving, to inter-group awkwardness, which are just as funny. The film's serious moments don't ward off its charm, and the cast is equally accomplished throughout. Overall, this is an excellent, uplifting film.
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