The Weight of Gold (2020)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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What's crystal clear is there is a great and urgent need for a comprehensive plan to help Olympic athletes - past, present and future.
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.
"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.
This documentary wants to show civilians that Olympians aren't nearly as impervious as their otherworldly skill might convey. On that count, it succeeds.
A story that needed to be told, about a subject that the athletes seem not just happy but relieved to be able to share.
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