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3.4
1,526 Ratings

I, Tonya

Directed by Craig Gillespie
United States, 2017
Drama, Sport

Synopsis

Competitive ice skater, Tonya Harding, rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt, when her boyfriend intervenes.

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I, Tonya Directed by Craig Gillespie

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Lead Actress

2018 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Female Lead

2018 | 2 wins including: Best Supporting Female

The fat bodyguard is tiresome in his grotesquerie, but Allison Janney goes beyond simple ludicrousness. Her performance, equipped with shoulder parrot and emphysema hose, exhales malice in an anti–Lady Bird evocation of working-class motherhood.
April 19, 2018
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In her 30s, Harding turned to celebrity boxing to pay the bills, depicted in I, Tonya’s gruesome final scene. . . . But even more wrenching is the only footage of the real Harding shown in the film, over the end credits: she’s performing her 1991 nationals routine and, radiant, lands her historic triple axel. With this, I, Tonya seems to implicate the viewer in Harding’s cultural abasement, rhetorically asking: It should’ve been about the skating, but you didn’t really care about that, did you?
January 04, 2018
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Repeatedly breaking the fourth wall, the film undams a torrent of redundant dialogue and music choices. Director Craig Gillespie and writer Steven Rogers spell out again and again the movie’s obvious points—about class bias, domestic violence, the rigid policing of femininity in sports, America. An intended black seriocomedy curdles into garish burlesque. The biopic becomes the biohazard.
December 08, 2017
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