I, Tonya

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Led by strong work from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney, I, Tonya finds the humor in its real-life story without losing sight of its more tragic -- and emotionally resonant -- elements.



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Based on the unbelievable, but true events, I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more poorly executed attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. Featuring an iconic turn by Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a mustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, LaVona Golden, and an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, Craig Gillespie's I, TONYA is an absurd, irreverent, and piercing portrayal of Harding's life and career in all of its unchecked--and checkered--glory.

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Margot Robbie
as Tonya Harding
Sebastian Stan
as Jeff Gillooly
Allison Janney
as LaVona Golden
Paul Walter Hauser
as Shawn Eckhardt
Julianne Nicholson
as Diane Rawlinson
McKenna Grace
as Young Tonya Harding
Caitlin Carver
as Nancy Kerrigan
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Critic Reviews for I, Tonya

All Critics (362) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (323) | Rotten (39)

  • It leaves a sense of several stronger movies half-buried beneath a mish-mash of the poignantly heart-rending and the outlandishly farcical, and just about salvaged from mediocrity by its one sensational turn.

    Feb 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A furiously engaging movie that features Margot Robbie in an ice rink, Margot Robbie at the action end of brutalising domestic abuse and, most significantly, Margot Robbie transforming fourth-wall breaking into a nearly sublime art form.

    Feb 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • One of those rare films that gets better as it continues.

    Feb 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Gillespie's flippant biopic leans too heavily into lightness. Not only does it remain oddly silent on Kerrigan, but it feels flippant about domestic abuse ...

    Feb 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Robbie] transforms what could easily have been just another grotesquerie in a grand guignol into a fully rounded, albeit unsympathetic, character.

    Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jan 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I, Tonya

  • Jan 11, 2019
    I'm not sure the movie wanted me to, but I for one wasn't on Tonya's side for a second. I wasn't on her horrible mother's or the asshole boyfriend's either, mind you. I just don't buy the "blame the public for always wanting a scandal to follow" attitude. It's pretty damn entertaining and full of great performances to follow dumb, egomaniac people making really stupid decisions for two hours. Almost made me feel like Fargo.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2018
    Based on a true story, I, Tonya is a remarkably compelling and tragic tale of ambition. The story follows the life of US figure skating champion Tonya Harding, from her beginnings as a young child in an abusive home to the scandal that ruined her career. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney all give excellent performances; especially Robbie, who has tremendous screen presence. And the script is incredibly well-written, with an unconventional narrative that constantly breaks the fourth wall. Additionally, the film has a subtle comedic wit and uses dark humor to lighten the tone. Also, the soundtrack does an amazing job at capturing the emotional resonance of the characters. A smart and well-crafted biopic, I, Tonya looks beyond the controversy and finds the humanity.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2018
    I knew very little about Tonya going into this. Interesting movie and kind of nostalgic to the era it's set in. Quite tongue in cheek. Have to say, the mother stole the show, though. I'd hate to be related to her, but she is freaking hilarious in this. So sour and awful.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2018
    It's got strong performances and some well executed moments, but overall this feels like mostly empty commentary. If the best thesis you can come up with is that you're main character "Is America" or whatnot, maybe you should give your script a couple more rewrites.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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