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By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Inspiring doc on acting legend's life has violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2022 111 minutes
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For fans of Poitier's work, the documentary provides an intimate look at why he chose (or didn't choose) certain roles -- and why he decided to use his career for activism. Overall, Sidney humanizes Poitier, who's often thought of as more of an institution than a man. But here we learn more about what really makes Poitier tick, including his relationship with his parents, his recollections of his personal failings in his romantic relationships, and his overall striving to become a better person each day than he was the day before.

That drive shows in his work as well as in his personal relationships with his daughters and friends. At the end of the day, Sidney shows that Poitier is a role model through and through: Not only has he always done his best to uplift Black people in film, but he's also always working to uphold the values that his parents instilled in him.

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