The Gabby Douglas Story


Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Jan 29, 2014
    The movie deals lightly with the racism Douglas faced in a predominantly white sport, but mostly her road to gold is paved with after-school-movie maxims like "Don't look back, look forward."
  2. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 31, 2014
    It’s not a good fit [with Lifetime], and there’s not a lot of drama in this biopic about the first U.S. Olympic gymnast and African-­American to triumph in both the all-around and the team competition.
  3. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 31, 2014
    As you’d expect from this network, all the principal players have been burnished into one-dimensional characters: Gabby is driven but also fiercely devoted to her family, while her mom is noble and long-suffering and her siblings exist mostly to applaud their sister’s achievements. S. Epatha Merkerson, patron saint of TV movies, shows up as Gabby’s grandma, full of life-affirming bromides.
  4. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 31, 2014
    It doesn’t stir that many emotions. It doesn’t provide stunning insight into her character. It doesn’t even talk about setbacks (or her relationship with other Olympic gymnasts). Instead, The Gabby Douglas Story is a tribute to the power of positive thinking.
  5. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jan 31, 2014
    Though the movie is fine as a sweet, inspirational tale about determination through injury and many other stumbling blocks, nothing within it is as moving as the final montage, which is just actual footage from Douglas' incredible gold medal-winning London performance.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 29, 2014
    The Gabby Douglas Story is pretty much made of spit and bailing wire. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it renders the otherwise stirring story of this golden girl barely worthy of a bronze.
  7. Reviewed by: Molly Eichel
    Jan 30, 2014
    It’s 90 minutes of treacly declarations and follow-your-dreams platitudes that waste the talents of both Regina King and S. Epatha Merkerson.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    Regina King was great as Gabby's mom and Sydney Mikayla was also great as the young Gabby, but Imani Hakim did not have the body to star inRegina King was great as Gabby's mom and Sydney Mikayla was also great as the young Gabby, but Imani Hakim did not have the body to star in this roll. Imani's acting was fine, but she needed to have a body like a gymnast to pull it off completely. Part of preparing for the roll should have included actual training to get Imani's body in shape. The script was ok, but not great. I would have loved to see more competition scenes and the movie was way too long. Full Review »