• Network: Lifetime
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  • Season #: 1
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3.2

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5

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  1. Mar 8, 2014
    4
    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 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. Expand
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50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 31, 2014
    58
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 31, 2014
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Jan 31, 2014
    50
    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.