Citizen Ashe

critic Reviews

, 97% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • If Citizen Ashe sometimes wavers toward hagiography, this warm tribute to an extraordinary life makes it easy to understand why.
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    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    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.
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    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times
    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.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    This is a decent film.
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    Odie HendersonRogerEbert.com
    Fans of tennis and fascinating American lives will be equally satisfied.
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    Manohla DargisNew York Times
    There's much to like about "Citizen Ashe," which at times seems ready (understandably) to succumb to full-fledged hagiography.
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    Erik ChildressMovie Madness Podcast
    A necessary documentation of a life perhaps remembered for tennis first and his tragic end second. Ashe's rise to activism and how to cautiously react to the McEnroes of the world deserves a higher ranking.
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    Mark JohnsonAwards Daily
    What I found compelling about the film was how it focused on how our lives are shaped by the events that take place around us... It was fascinating to watch this compassionate giant reach his eventual and inevitable voice.
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    Charles SolomonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    An extremely interesting film that clearly had access to his family and to their materials.
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    Jordan ElizabethCommon Sense Media
    Citizen Ashe is informative and inspiring, albeit sometimes slow-moving.
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