Tony Reviews

February 5, 2010
Not a reassuring vision, for sure, and no tourist plug for Dalston, Hackney or Haggerston, but the film's a fair calling card for Johnson's talent.
Top Critic
February 5, 2010
The problem is that there's no character development, no revelations and no epiphany. The film is merely nauseating.
February 5, 2010
Gerard Johnson's debut is undeniably exploitative and rather pointless, but enough red herrings get chucked into the mix to keep you interested.
February 5, 2010
Johnson and cinematographer David Higgs shoot this mundane horror in drab, flat colours, accentuating the invasive intimacy with which we're thrown into Tony's life. The entire screen has the greasy texture of accumulated filth.
February 5, 2010
No one could possibly regard Tony as without flaws. It is often rough and ready - but it is most certainly the product of a real and very promising film-maker, inhabiting a convincingly original world of its own.
May 4, 2019
Johnson gives us enough of the inner life of the titular character to both empathise with then later hate him.
April 15, 2010
Dalston's answer to American Psycho, and it's almost every bit as good.
April 6, 2010
An impressively restrained and quietly disturbing little psycho-thriller.
February 5, 2010
Not cheery, but gripping, against-the-odds funny and uncomfortably unique. Johnson and Ferdinando are certainly now names to watch.
February 5, 2010
Undeniably bleak, but blood-blackly funny and disturbing rather than depressing, this puts Johnson in the Shane Meadows league, and with Ferdinando the director may also have his own ready-made Paddy Considine.
February 5, 2010
Despite a black vein of humour, the slow, directionless narrative leaves Tony looking like Dalston's dour answer to American Psycho.
February 5, 2010
This micro-budget British shocker blends horror and character study to create an absolutely convincing portrait of psychosis.
February 5, 2010
A masterclass in psychological horror. Funny, terrifying and with a central character to be both despised and pitied, here's a movie that once seen is very, very hard to forget - not necessarily a good thing.
February 5, 2010
It's a back-of-the-envelope idea with a couple of good scenes. Ideally it needed another six months' story development.
February 5, 2010
Gerard Johnson's low-budget streets-of-London downer is nominally about a serial killer, but in Peter Ferdinando's remarkable title-role it becomes rather more about urban loneliness and alienation.
February 5, 2010
This serial killer flick is about as illuminating and, at times, as unintentionally hilarious as an episode of EastEnders with the succession of working-class stereotypes it throws up.
February 5, 2010
More of a blackly comic social drama than a horror or thriller and has more in common with the work of Mike Leigh and Alan Clarke than it does with the serial killer genre.