Review for “At the Heart of Gold”

“At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” is a film that digged deeply into the hidden pain inside the victims of the scandal, the gymnasts.

The documentary by Carr demonstrates clearly in its content, with the character bad guy Lawrence G.Nassar, who has abused hundreds of girls for years sexually. All of his victims are mostly too young to realize what they have coped with, or what really happened to them. However, they can still feel the pain, and the vulnerability in their souls.


Although Nassar’s crime has been revealed and known widely, the documentary by Carr is still a down-to-earth film that express the hidden corner of the victims, who are forgotten or ignored after what happened to them. Carr worked with many victims in the scandal, who are courage to go forward and share about their pain through the interview. As many people may have known, the ages of those victims are varied widely, and there are victims who know him well, even consider him a friend. That shows how evil he is to take advantage of them and turn them into his toys.

With the length of 90 minutes limited for a documentary, “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal” has done more than expected. It reveals the truth, and make us sympathize with the girls who are victims of the scandal. We also learn a lot after watching the film, about the importance of sharing in family, creating trust between members.

It is assumed that doctors are always right and we must listen to them. After watching the film, we know that it is important to be aware of the bad guys as predators. They will not show up like a bad guy, but rather be a nice person and cheat their victims before getting what they want.