Andrea Thompson reviews “I, Tonya” on A Reel of One’s Own

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“I, Tonya” is a heartfelt tribute to a woman who fought and ultimately failed to overcome the obstacles her class and gender imposed on her. In a more fair world, her drive, force of will, and most of all, her sheer talent would’ve been enough. But when we are born in certain circumstances, obstacles tend to create more obstacles on top of those we inevitably build for ourselves. Her fall from grace in 1994 after she was accused of kneecapping fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan transformed her into a cultural punchline, fodder for a new kind of media frenzy that was birthed with the 24-hour news cycle.


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