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Tony (2009)

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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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1)

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.

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

Dalston's answer to American Psycho, and it's almost every bit as good.

April 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An impressively restrained and quietly disturbing little psycho-thriller.

April 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Not cheery, but gripping, against-the-odds funny and uncomfortably unique. Johnson and Ferdinando are certainly now names to watch.

February 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

February 5, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Tony

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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.

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