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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)

  • 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…

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