trey northcutt’s review published on Letterboxd:
Hilarious, blunt, and smart; this is not your average biopic. One thing's for sure, this is a ridiculous story, and it's hard to imagine this happening (even though it did). Harding's rise to stardom and eventual downfall is handled in a more comedic light here and I think that works to the film's benefit. Cheeky fourth wall-breaking and interviews with the characters help break up some of the tension that could have made this a really unbalanced flick. Margot Robbie is an absolute joy to watch as the misfortunate Harding and will no doubt become one of her most well-known roles. There’s a scene near the end in the courtroom that is quite possibly the best acting I’ve seen from Robbie and it’s absolutely heart-wrenching. Sebastian Stan and Julianne Nicholson do well in their supporting roles, but the real show-stealer here is Allison Janney as Harding's mother. She's definitely going to get a Best Supporting Actress nod for this - she plays a really good wicked mother. While it plays everything light-hearted at times, the film isn't afraid to get down and dirty. Scenes featuring extreme violence toward Harding (and others) are uncomfortable to say the least, but again, it actually happened. It shows Tonya's real-life struggles to get to the top and maintain a stable life, and I appreciated that. Sometimes the writing tended to be weak, but that's to be expected in films like this. Honestly, what brought down so much was the obvious face CGI when Harding attempted triple Axels... that was inexcusable. Regardless, you're gonna go see this for the performances, and thankfully, in that area, you won't be disappointed.