Review Roundup: Did Margot Robbie-Led I, TONYA Skate Into Critics' Hearts?

Sufjan Stevens Pays Homage to Tonya Harding on New Song

Leading up to the competition, Harding's husband Jeff Gillooly and his accomplices attempted to incapacitate Kerrigan by breaking her leg.

With punk-rock flair and no four-letter word left behind, the exuberantly rebellious I, Tonya takes a club to the biopic genre.

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan during the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994. However, she was forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and was later banned for life from the United States Figure Skating Association.

Nancy Kerrigan hasn't seen the upcoming Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya just yet, a source close to Kerrigan exclusively tells Us Weekly. "I'm sure it's hard to be objective when looking at one's own life, but I am told she is happy with it".

Stevens's song - a gentle, wistful (of course) ode to Harding's talent, audacity, and resilience - was released on his record label's website, along with an essay by Stevens about the skater, and a video that sets the song to Harding's famous 1991 US Nationals performance, where she became the first American woman to land a triple axel in an worldwide competition. Proving, after many a stolen scene, that she's capable of carrying a picture in the lead role - even when makeup and hairstylists treat her character's famous looks cruelly - Margot Robbie takes obvious pleasure in playing figure skater Tonya Harding, from her vulnerable teens to her present-tense, take-it-or-leave-it retirement.

'Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her.

Tonya Harding and star Margot Robbie hit it off at the premiere of the "I, Tonya" movie in which Robbie portrays Harding. For a while, you may make the mistake of thinking that I, TONYA is a joke: a blithe spoof of Tabloid Nation.

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Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding on the red carpet. I, TONYA is amusing as hell, but the pain is just as real.

In faux documentary-style, present-day versions of Tonya, Jeff and LaVona - plus a few other personalities, including a snarky, spray-tanned Hard Copy producer played by Bobby Cannavale - chronicle the figure skater's fast rise through the ranks, much to the chagrin of judges who prefer that competitors embrace their girlier side.

I, Tonya has gotten a seal of approval from Tonya Harding herself, according to one of the film's stars.

In fact when director Craig Gillespie wanted to get someone to perform the jump for the movie, he was out of luck.

And Janney is brilliantly caustic as the antagonistic LaVona.

David Ehrlich, indieWire: "Fun enough and full of uncommonly dynamic skating sequences (Robbie is a hockey player and noted New York Rangers fan, after all) and larger-than-life performances, I, TONYA is more than the trashy pop time machine that audiences might expect".

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