I, Tonya

2017, Biography/Comedy, 2h 1m

384 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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In 1991, talented figure skater Tonya Harding becomes the first American woman to complete a triple axel during a competition. In 1994, her world comes crashing down when her ex-husband conspires to injure Nancy Kerrigan, a fellow Olympic hopeful, in a poorly conceived attack that forces the young woman to withdraw from the national championship. Harding's life and legacy instantly become tarnished as she's forever associated with one of the most infamous scandals in sports history.

Cast & Crew

Margot Robbie
Tonya Harding
Sebastian Stan
Jeff Gillooly
Allison Janney
LaVona Golden
Julianne Nicholson
Diane Rawlinson
Paul Walter Hauser
Shawn Eckhardt
Bobby Cannavale
Hard Copy Producer
Mckenna Grace
Young Tonya Harding
Caitlin Carver
Nancy Kerrigan
Bojana Novakovic
Dody Teachman
Steven Rogers
Screenwriter
Len Blavatnik
Executive Producer
Aviv Giladi
Executive Producer
Vince Holden
Executive Producer
Toby Hill
Executive Producer
Craig Gillespie
Executive Producer
Zanne Devine
Executive Producer
Rosanne Korenberg
Executive Producer
Nicolas Karakatsanis
Cinematographer
Peter Nashel
Original Music
Jade Healy
Production Design
Jennifer Johnson
Costume Designer
Lindsay Graham
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All Critics (384) | Top Critics (82) | Fresh (344) | Rotten (40)

  • How much Harding knew or didn't know about the attack on Kerrigan is somewhat secondary, if that can be believed.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Gillespie has imbued his film with black humour, while never undermining the authenticity of the characters or detracting from the abuse that runs through the story.

    March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Allison Janney's] undiluted unsentimentality is the perfect compliment for a sporting underdog movie that disobeys the rules.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Craig Gillespie directs with all the subtlety of a baton-wielding thug but has made at least one brilliant decision in casting Margot Robbie, who is practically a machine for generating empathy.

    March 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Whatever your views on the US in general and Harding in particular, you'll leave this cheering for Margot Robbie. Bravo!

    February 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • How much Harding knew or didn't know about the attack on Kerrigan is somewhat secondary, if that can be believed.

    August 27, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Gillespie has imbued his film with black humour, while never undermining the authenticity of the characters or detracting from the abuse that runs through the story.

    March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Allison Janney's] undiluted unsentimentality is the perfect compliment for a sporting underdog movie that disobeys the rules.

    March 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Craig Gillespie directs with all the subtlety of a baton-wielding thug but has made at least one brilliant decision in casting Margot Robbie, who is practically a machine for generating empathy.

    March 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • There's great heart in Margot Robbie taking on a national joke, a secondhand villain, and turning her into a quiet hero.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • I, Tonya is far from your typical biopic, and it's all the better for it. Buoyed by sharp, fun storytelling and Oscar-worthy performances, it's exactly the type of movie this story deserved.

    May 26, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I, Tonya

  • Jun 08, 2020
    A clever interpretation of a bizarre event in skating history. It uses a comical narration breaking the third wall at times. Robbie shines and makes you care somewhat for a unlikable person whose upbringing never gave her a chance as an adult. Janney steals the show as her foul mouthed uncaring mother and Sebastian Stan is also good as her violent and out of control husband. The superior soundtrack also makes the movie watchable. It is worth watching for sure. 06-07-2020
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2020
    Excellently directed picture by Craig Gillespie with sharp wit. Margot Robbie is one heck of an actor. But, I can't help but feel that she's miscast in the role of Tonya Harding. The troubled figure skater was layered in muscles and that physical presence was one of the reasons the snobs at the U.S. Figure Skating Association disliked her. Nonetheless, Robbie hits all the emotional points.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • 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

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