Here’s what the critics think of ‘I, Tonya’

The Margot Robbie-starring film is released in the UK tomorrow (February 23)

The reviews are in for I, Tonya, the Margot Robbie-starring film that gets a UK release tomorrow (February 23).

The movie depicts the life of ice skater Tonya Harding, her rise through the ranks of the US Figure Skating Championships, and the downfall of her career – stemming from an incident in which rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Harding’s ex-husband.

I, Tonya currently has scores of 90 percent and 77 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, respectively. In NME‘s four-star review, Olly Richards wrote: “While the film is predominantly a comedy, and a very, very funny one, it goes to some dark places, showing Harding’s abuse at the hands of her husband and the tongue of her mother. She’s the butt of the sport’s jokes too – a goose trying to swim with swans – yet she keeps coming back. Believe her or not, she’s a hell of a subject for a hell of a movie.”

The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw praised Robbie’s performance, saying: “[She] 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.”

A four-star review from The Telegraph‘s Tim Robey described the film and the star’s work as “[gliding] on the knife-edge between satire and sympathy, often dazzling with their footwork.” Meanwhile, Geoffrey McNab of The Independent noted: “At times, I, Tonya comes close to caricaturing Harding in exactly the same way that the media did at the time of the Nancy Kerrigan scandal.”

I, Tonya is up for three awards at this year’s Oscars, which take place in Los Angeles on March 4. It is nominated for Best Actress (Robbie), Best Supporting Actress (Allison Janney), and Best Film Editing (Tatiana S. Riegel).