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Citizen Ashe (2021)

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Critic Consensus: If Citizen Ashe sometimes wavers toward hagiography, this warm tribute to an extraordinary life makes it easy to understand why.

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Directors Rex Miller and Sam Pollard explore the enduring legacy of tennis great and humanitarian Arthur Ashe in a feature documentary as elegant, meaningful, and poignant as the life he lived. Ashe's widow, brother, friends from his childhood in Richmond to his Grand Slam tournament playing and coaching days, as well as confidantes that nurtured his personal evolution from sports legend to global activist, describe the key events that shaped Ashe's quiet determination to 'use what he had to do what he could.'

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Cast

Victor Ellis
as Church Member
Ej McGorda
as Stokley Carmichael
Tiana Melvina
as Church Member
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Critic Reviews for Citizen Ashe

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (11)

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

December 20, 2021

This thoughtful documentary about Arthur Ashe, the first African American man to win Wimbledon in 1975, understands that representation is only one step towards equality.

December 12, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately, if Miller and Pollard don't paint a particularly warts-and-all portrait of Ashe, they don't set him up as some sort of saint either: just a certain man of a certain era with an amazing talent. It's a fitting tribute.

December 8, 2021 | Full Review…

This is a decent film.

December 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Fans of tennis and fascinating American lives will be equally satisfied.

December 3, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's much to like about "Citizen Ashe," which at times seems ready (understandably) to succumb to full-fledged hagiography.

December 2, 2021 | Full Review…

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