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Anchored by a disarmingly frank Michael Phelps, The Weight of Gold provides a sobering testimonial to how the world's most celebrated athletes are still vulnerable to mental health struggles. Read critic reviews

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  • There are two non-white athletes, Jones and Ohno. But the lack of darker-skinned competitors leads to concerns about colorism and seems a serious lapse in an otherwise well-crafted film.

    July 31, 2020 | Full Review…
  • What's crystal clear is there is a great and urgent need for a comprehensive plan to help Olympic athletes - past, present and future.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Weight of Gold" at least doesn't skimp on its most basic of messages. But by the time it pushes into its messy, often emotional second half, those messages become far less easy to follow.

    July 31, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • This documentary wants to show civilians that Olympians aren't nearly as impervious as their otherworldly skill might convey. On that count, it succeeds.

    July 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A story that needed to be told, about a subject that the athletes seem not just happy but relieved to be able to share.

    July 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Some insight into the specific struggles and biases faced by athletes of color would have added to the documentary's timeliness. However, especially in the absence of the 2020 Olympics, Weight of Gold remains essential viewing.

    July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

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