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I, Tonya Reviews

February 13, 2018
The mostly true story of ice skating's most striking woman. The terrific movie I Tonya, nominated for three Oscars this year, doesn't strive to tell the truth so much as to explore different truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 12, 2018
[Robbie] transforms what could easily have been just another grotesquerie in a grand guignol into a fully rounded, albeit unsympathetic, character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 8, 2018
[Margot] Robbie's screen presence makes her seem, at first blush, more suited to play Kerrigan. But just a few minutes into I, Tonya, I found myself captivated by the anger and blunt physicality that define Robbie's performance.
January 5, 2018
Scene by scene, it made me laugh, cringe, get angry, upset, confused, enlightened, entertained, almost tearful and awed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 5, 2018
"I, Tonya" turns her tragedy into triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 4, 2018
I, Tonya seems to implicate the viewer in Harding's cultural abasement, rhetorically asking: It should've been about the skating, but you didn't really care about that, did you?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2018
It is, for much of its running time, undeniably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 28, 2017
Robbie is taller, bigger than the tiny, fierce Harding, but she gets the athlete's forward drive, and the anger that seemed to fuel the dynamo, and when life hands Tonya lemons, Robbie sets her jaw and bears down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 22, 2017
Gillespie's insistence on comedy in place of what's largely missing from the film - perspective, pathos - falsely energizes the story. It's sped up but feels hollow. A spinning compass whose needle is about to snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2017
I, Tonya is kitschy and smart and funny and insightful, and sometimes sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2017
Robbie delivers a performance that is breathtaking to behold, almost to the point of exhaustion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2017
A pointed satire on athletic ambition and class conflict that's fueled by a biting sense of humor and a couple of knockout performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 21, 2017
With a less compelling lead performance, the movie's dodgy limitations and flashy, facile editing and cross-cutting might've proven insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2017
Robbie ... captures both Harding's radiance and the vulnerability of her frayed edges. It's a great performance that can make the movie feel better than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2017
The film softens the bouts of cruelty with an abiding sense of humane, if absurdist, comedy, smoothing out the tonal shifts that may have you gasping in horror one minute and laughing the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2017
Who would have ever imagined Tonya Harding as the subject of a great movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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December 12, 2017
Tonya's been a punching bag for everyone, including the public. And yes, the film implicates us in that. But her defiance grows with every heckle, including her mother's.
December 11, 2017
This remarkable movie-factual and funny, always surprising and unconventionally written, directed and acted-sets the record straight with an adrenalin rush that overwhelms the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2017
The film is periodically enlivened by some of the supporting players, including Paul Walter Hauser as Shawn Eckhardt, the supposed mastermind of the Kerrigan assault whom the movie depicts as a world-class schlub.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 7, 2017
Destroyed yet defiant, Robbie walks the emotional tightrope of the most fabulously, tragically American film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2017
Impressive in its own right, "I, Tonya" offers an antidote to those feel-good films about innately noble athletes who manage to triumph over impossible odds.
Top Critic
December 7, 2017
I, Tonya takes greater risks with the biopic genre than any other in recent memory, and it's remarkable how much of it lands upright. It's the triple axel of based-on-true-story movies.
December 7, 2017
You won't just find yourself rooting for this crazy kid; you might even fall a little bit in love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 7, 2017
Gillespie may be indebted to filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell, but the character depth and tonal control of their best work seem beyond his reach.
December 7, 2017
Elevated by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney's shimmering performances, this entertaining account of those strange events earns the sort of high marks for creative interpretation that its protagonist complained eluded her.
December 7, 2017
Although the surface tone adopted by I, Tonya is breezy and cheeky, there's a lot going on beneath the facade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 7, 2017
An often genius, always subversive film about an outsider who isn't easy to love yet at the same time hard to hate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2017
A vivid slice of pop culture history-an irresistible, soapy mix of jealousy, competition and class warfare, fortified by powerful performances and unexpected emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2017
A renegade biopic with punk-rock energy and an in-your-face performance from Robbie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2017
Gillespie walks a fine line in mining both the buffoonish nature of the crime and the deep sadness of Harding's rise and fall, and mostly pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2017
I, Tonya is the Tonya Harding film you never knew you wanted: an outrageously entertaining reappraisal of the Olympic figure skater who, in 1994, was involved in a scheme to injure her main rival, Nancy Kerrigan.
Top Critic
December 6, 2017
There's a poignancy to Harding's battle against her own bad reputation, and it survives I, Tonya's flippant, needle-drop approach thanks to the rage and resignation of the lead performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 6, 2017
As "I, Tonya" skips here and there and thickens the plot, it becomes increasingly baffling why the filmmakers decided to put a comic spin on this pathetic, dispiriting story.
December 6, 2017
Offers thoughtful and somewhat objective critiques, plus much seriously dark humor that'll elicit a lot of uncomfortable gasps of laughter - and invites you to ponder difficult truths.
December 6, 2017
A never-better Robbie and Janney hold up a mirror to the tabloid America most of us ignore or dismiss - and make us see ourselves reflected in it, too. I, Tonya is funny as hell, but the pain is just as real. You'll laugh till it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2017
But I, Tonya survives those production difficulties due to the Shakespearean stakes of its real-life plot, as polar and duetto as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, or Al Capone and Bugs Moran.
December 5, 2017
Dives into the swirling narratives surrounding the scandal-prone figure skater, and dredges up something that ultimately, feels real. Shockingly, it also feels redemptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2017
It sounds depressing. But the movie - and its stars - tell the story with biting humor and big performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 4, 2017
It's a black comedy, and parts of it are too broad, like a second-rate Coen brothers movie. Many of the meta-jokes feel cheap. The story is good enough not to need them.
December 4, 2017
But maybe that point is better served by portraying all of the awfulness in Tonya Harding's life, everything that shaped her, as straightforward tragic happenstance-rather than a gut buster.
December 4, 2017
Gillespie's empathy is mixed with condescension; much of the movie's bluff comedy mocks the tone and the actions of Tonya and her milieu.
September 22, 2017
The dark comedy approach to the story of Tonya Harding that you had no idea you needed as badly as you do.
September 14, 2017
Its Tonya acquires a untidy grandeur because of her contradictions, not in spite of them, crushing out cigarettes with her skate blade and skipping over inconvenient details the film delves into anyway.
September 12, 2017
"I, Tonya" will make you care about Tonya Harding for the first time in a long time. Moreover, "I, Tonya" will make you sympathize with Tonya Harding for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 9, 2017
I, Tonya spins a convincing yarn despite, or maybe because of, its surfeit of unreliable narrators.
September 9, 2017
A fresh, chancy, and wickedly enjoyable movie.