Mark Kermode gives I, Tonya 4/5 stars and says:
“Margot Robbie gives a perfect performance as the disgraced US figure skater Tonya Harding in this ferociously entertaining biopic. Like the jaw-dropping triple-axel jump that made champion figure skater Tonya Harding famous, Margot Robbie’s performance in this satirical, postmodern tale of the disgraced star is a tour-de-force tornado that balances finely nuanced character development with impressively punchy physicality.
Amid the fallout of “the incident” that defined Harding’s villainous legacy (“It’s what you all came for, folks”), Steven Rogers’s screenplay ensures that we never lose sight of her status as a survivor, someone seeking love and adoration in a world full of aggression, who habitually finds herself on the wrong end of a fist. It’s no surprise that Harding (who later took up boxing) became a “totally American” folk icon, her story inspiring documentaries, dramas, a musical, even a rock opera. “People either love Tonya or they’re not big fans,” says Rawlinson, “just like people either love America or they’re not big fans.” Whatever your views on the US in general and Harding in particular, you’ll leave this cheering for Margot Robbie. Bravo!”
With an 89% critics’ score on Rotten Tomato; I, Tonya is our film for November.