Untold: Hall of Shame (2023) 2023 / A conventional sports documentary that arrives at some catharsis despite an overload of information


This installment in Netflix’s series of sports documentary films, Untold, relies too heavily on information to pad its runtime. Even with intriguing parallel storylines that explain what Victor Conte was doing to secretly deal performance-enhancing drugs, and what investigators were doing to try and catch him, the story begins to repeat itself, forgetting to place more emphasis on analyzing this information and finding personal insights into the BALCO scandal. That said, Victor Conte himself is admittedly a fascinating criminal, seemingly remorseful for the lives and careers he’s damaged, but still fascinated by the idea of synthesizing substances to push sports beyond their physical limits. By the end, there’s a real moral grayness to this whole ordeal, putting into question what some athletes’ goals really are, and whether or not certain sports organizations willingly play along with fraudulence or not.

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