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Boldly crafted into a creepy yet darkly funny, this urban nightmare will lurk in your memory as will Tony. A loner, and his main source of company is classic '80s action movies he owns on VHS but that doesn't stop him trying to make real friends -- with, for instance, the drug dealers who hang out near his home in Dalston, and the ladies who advertise their services in Soho call boxes. But, when a local child goes missing, his odd lifestyle begins to attract attention. Will his secrets be exposed?

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Critic Reviews for Tony

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • The problem is that there's no character development, no revelations and no epiphany. The film is merely nauseating.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
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  • Gerard Johnson's debut is undeniably exploitative and rather pointless, but enough red herrings get chucked into the mix to keep you interested.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Johnson gives us enough of the inner life of the titular character to both empathise with then later hate him.

    May 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tony

  • Apr 29, 2010
    This so called movie was extremely boring with no action, thrills intriguing story and not even shock value to make it worth a dime. I didn't think the acting was that good at all just very strange and the atmosphere sucked and sometimes I felt like I was watching a documentary. People are saying this is the uk answer to American Psycho and to me it doesn't even come close and at least that one was entertaining but I do think it comes close to Dahmer but not close enough because that movie was more chilling and you had a backstory to make sense of all of it but this film had no good direction. The pace was sluggish as hell and I dozed off a few times and for a serial killer flick it was pretty dry and lifeless and what the hell was up with that ending, it was one of the worst endings I have ever seen and makes me look down on it even more. Overall this is pretty generic material here and it's not a horror movie or even a thriller because it doesn't thrill or scare you or even entertain you it just left you feeling cold and wanting more and didn't bring anything fresh to the table. What a bore! Not recommended!
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2010
    tony is a very weird guy living in london, no work no mates or family that we know of, still watches vhs action films, and no dvd player(he must be fucked up then) and killing when oportunity arises, in his flat, unsuspecting people not expecting. a down and dirty look, with a exellent performance from tony, played by frank boyce, a very akward charactor, very well plaYED, very short also, and although does feel like it could go on for one last act, saying that, a good watch
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2010
    Tony is a look at a serial killer and their everyday life. Tony is awkward, very awkward, and this leads to him being ignored or mistreated by the majority of people. Tony manages to gather sympathy throughout the film as he just so happens to encounter a lot of scummy, horrible people. These people generate no sympathy for themselves, but not in a bad way. The film seems to suggest that we should all just be decent human beings. There's no harm in saying "hello" or having rational discussions. It's the hate and negativity aimed at Tony that fuels his actions. Peter Ferdinando gives a brilliant performance and carries Tony, realistically, through a wide range of scenarios, from unprovoked arguments, to awkward job interviews. A little, but well executed film.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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