• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 29, 2020
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 3, 2020
    80
    The Weight of Gold was intended to coincide with the Olympics, which adds another somber note to this soul-searching documentary. The postponement of the Games, however, does nothing to blunt the sobering impact of the depression that elite athletes can experience once the fanfare ends, after devoting their lives to the often-fleeting pursuit of glory.
  2. Reviewed by: John Serba
    Jul 30, 2020
    80
    It demystifies our view of the competition, with all its ceremonial grandiosity, sweeping music and heart-tugging TV profiles. It takes our perception of these impenetrable sports heroes and turns it upside-down.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 29, 2020
    75
    It’s an unblinking and yet compassionate look at the mental health issues faced by former Olympic athletes, featuring candid interviews with Apolo Ohno, Lolo Jones, Bode Miller, Sasha Cohen, Shaun White — and Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, who narrates and is admirably forthright about his own battles.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jul 29, 2020
    70
    What one would have appreciated from Mr. Rapkin was a little more exploration of what Olympic athletes expect, given how crushed they seem to be by unmet expectations. But he’s also telling a story that needed to be told, about a subject that the athletes seem not just happy but relieved to be able to share.
  5. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 29, 2020
    58
    Neutered into an hour-long quick hit, “The Weight of Gold” can only approach its heaviest, most daring matters at its end, one that can’t even lodge enough time to imagine a space in which they are treated with the care they demand. Just as it starts punching back, the credits roll, another easily digestible bit of broadcast entertainment, just in time to fill the yawning Olympics gap.
  6. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jul 29, 2020
    50
    With precious little time to spare its dozens of narrative avenues, this well-meaning documentary just can’t do justice to everything — and everyone — it wants to highlight.

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