Athlete A

2020

Athlete A

Critics Consensus

Harrowing yet essential viewing, Athlete A shines an unforgiving light on horrific abuses -- as well as the culture that allowed them to continue unabated for years.

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Athlete A follows a team of reporters from The Indianapolis Star as they investigate claims of abuse at USA Gymnastics, one of the nation's most prominent Olympic organizations. Two years later, an Olympic doctor is behind bars, the US Congress is demanding answers and hundreds of survivors are speaking out. Equal parts devastating and inspiring, the film reveals the culture of cruelty that was allowed to thrive within elite-level gymnastics, the attorney fighting the institutions, and most importantly, the brave athletes who refuse to be silenced, fought the system and triumphed.

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  • Like a lot of recent documentaries about the overdue reckoning for sexual predators in positions of power, "Athlete A" is a reminder that the rot is sometimes within the system itself, not just within the criminals it benefits.

    July 13, 2020 | Full Review…
  • What's striking about the film's tone is its redemptive warmth. Though the details are chilling, it's as if a cathartic space has been opened for these girls and their families to explain what they went through.

    June 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • With a mere 103-minute running time, many viewers may find themselves wanting more.

    June 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • There's a lot here, but "Athlete A" handles its material lithely, moving smoothly between Nassar's survivors, the journalists who broke the story and the big picture of gold medals, Summer Games and national pride.

    June 27, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Above all, though, it makes you wonder about men and power - does it corrupt, or do the corrupt seek it for further gratification of their desires? And why are they so willing to protect each other, however high the toll of misery paid by their victims.

    June 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Lucy Mangan

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  • After "Athlete A," you may never again watch America's pursuit for gold with quite the same enthusiasm.

    June 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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