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I, Tonya (2018)



Critic Consensus: 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

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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…

Audience Reviews for I, Tonya


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.
Jens S.

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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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Margot Robbie and Allison Janney are excellent in this atypical biography that reaches moments of such absurdity (with characters who are stupid beyond belief) that it becomes surreal and hilarious sometimes, benefiting from the way it plays with the contradictions seen in the interviews.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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