Review Round Up: I,Tonya

Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding alongside Allison Janney in this black comedy directed by Craig Gillespie. Here’s what critics have had to say about it… 

The Guardian: **** “Margot Robbie gives a fantastically uninhibited performance as Tonya, fighting her way to the top from humble beginnings, frizzy of hair, angry of demeanour, often bringing out a raptor grimace on the ice, denoting pain or gloating triumph.”

Evening Standard: *** “I, Tonya neatly mirrors its subject by scoring higher marks for technical merit than artistic interpretation.”

Empire Online: **** “Still, it’s consistently gripping — a tale that assumes the audience’s complicity in Harding’s trial by media, then forcing us to reconsider.”

The Independent: **** “Robbie brings such passion and drive to the role that she transcends the film’s more garishly cartoonish elements.”

The Telegraph: **** “This is great direction: marrying the disparate components of your film into clever, surprising alliance. Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) brings devious inspiration to all this joinery, and the pace, unusually for a biopic, rarely flags.”

Evening Express: “I, Tonya is a barbed satire across the class divide, anchored by tour-de-force performances from Robbie and Janney.”

Radio Times: *** “celebrates Harding’s talent and admires her rebellious spirit but hides behind its humour as her hard-knock life becomes an irreverent, entertaining patchwork.”

The Irish Times: **** “Craig Gillespie’s (Lars and the Real Girl) biopic of disgraced figure skater, Tonya Harding is a pointedly prickly, mesmerising, steely entity, smiling through gritted teeth from the ice rink.”

The Times: **** “The tale of Tonya Harding, the former competitive figure skater, is one of the smartest uses of fourth wall-breaking in cinema so far.”

The Mirror: **** “Sharp, funny and alarmingly entertaining, this real life ice skating drama scores highly for artistic interpretation and technical accomplishment.”

The Metro: **** “As an examination of jealousy, spite and class politics, the film is a delightfully acerbic look into a poisoned American Dream, where adulation is worth going to prison for.”

The FT: *** “Robbie is raucously believable as the Oregon redneck going up against Kerrigan’s Miss Nice-on-Ice.”

City AM: *** “Robbie is exceptional, her Tonya sympathetic but also ferocious, a precociously gifted winner sadly born on the wrong side of the tracks.”

The Daily Star: ***** “But mostly this is Robbie’s show as she shines on the ice but is even more impressive off it. The worse she behaved, the more I found myself rooting for her.”

I, Tonya is in cinemas now. 


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