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You don't have to be a boxing fan to be awed by Claressa Shields, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport. But if you are, you'll still be knocked out.
This lively documentary on Claressa Shields, the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, provides a welcome antidote to sports-story clichés.
A scrappy doc profiling boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields' unlikely ascension to Olympic competitor.
If other boxing narratives have focused on the simplistic beauty of the American Dream, this documentary strives to explore the far messier complexities of it, the myth of it.
"T-Rex" is ultimately about a remarkable (and likable) young person finding her personal power despite pressure from all sides.
Secondary characters - a gruff but loveable manager who never expected his first champion was going to be a girl, and a brief romantic subplot involving her sparring partner - help to take some of the edge off.
It all comes together in a terrific story that makes it impossible not to root for Shields.
There have been more inspiring boxing documentaries, like Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen's On the Ropes, but rarely has one shown how little fame is worth if you have to sell your soul in the process.
This skillful, intuitive documentary manages to read between the lines, capturing something quite a bit deeper than a typical sports story, finding bitter desperation along with victory.
In this rousing documentary about women's Olympic boxing pioneer Claressa Shields [...] the specter of poverty enhances rather than distracts from the central narrative.
...a great sports documentary, but also an intimate portrait of a young woman who grew up in a tough environment and found a way to thrive.
A teenager from impoverished Flint, Mich., wins the first women's boxing Olympic gold in this compelling docu.
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