Pride and Glory movie review: An authentic, gritty and emotional study of the New York City Police Department, Pride & Glory looks deeply into the professional and personal lives of the people who inhabit it. Told through the interwoven lives of a three-generation family of cops whose moral codes are tested when Ray Farrell, one of three sons on the job, investigates a case that reveals an incendiary police corruption scandal involving his own brother. When Ray is falsely implicated in a brutal crime related to the scandal, he and his family must choose among their loyalties to each other, the department, and the revelation of the truth that will atone them.
The buzz: This smells an awful lot like writers Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) and director Gavin O'Connor (Miracle) are trying to be Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) or James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential). Norton's reliable but Farrell ain't, and from the looks of things it would be a relief if Pride lived up to the low standard of other derivative cop flicks like Street Kings.
The verdict: Humorously humorless, Pride and Glory doesn't add anything to the police procedural genre, nor does it even do the same old thing with much spunk or grit. A dying wife and a threatened baby are thrown in for shock value when the story can't muster its own excitement, perhaps because it tips its hand so early and we spend most of the movie waiting for the other shoe to fall. Not even Norton can handle dialogue elevated to a laughable degree of faux toughness, and the movie's so eager to be firm that it goes totally soft, like a hard-boiled egg left in the pot too long. Source: Metromix
Box Office: As of January 28, 2009, the film has grossed $43,440,721 worldwide. In North America, the film opened at #5 with $6,262,396 behind High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Saw V, Max Payne, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.