Tony Manero
Tony Manero (2009)

As Augusto Pinochet holds Chile in the grip of dictatorship, a 50-year-old man obsessed with John Travolta's character from Saturday Night Fever imitates his idol each weekend in a small bar on the outskirts of Santiago. Each weekend,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 2010
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Deliberately provocative, Tony Manero is as challenging and compelling as it is difficult to describe.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Larrain's (literally) dark, edgy movie is a precise artistic commentary on Augusto Pinochet's miserable regime, which was 
under way while Travolta gyrated.

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Andrew O'Hehir

A memorably claustrophobic evocation of its time and place, as well as a reminder that the so-called escape offered by pop culture can sometimes be an escape into soul-sucking madness.

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Sean Axmaker

(Alfredo) Castro plays the part with a dead-eyed blankness, a hollow, terrifying character who is as repellent as he is fascinating.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Larrain evokes the bleakness and oppressiveness of life in a police state with much subtlety even as he poses a much larger question about cultural imperialism.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

More than an indelible portrait of a sociopath with the soul of a zombie, Tony Manero is an extremely dark meditation on borrowed cultural identity.

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Shawn Levy

Alfredo Castro is magnetically repellant in the lead, a soulful creep with desperation and a very specific form of madness seeping out of his pores.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Shot with a hand-held camera and presented in a fragmented scenario, Tony Manero is the director's compelling attempt to find parallels between the Pinochet reign of terror and Raúl's scruple-less antics.

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Kevin Lee
Time Out New York

[Director] Larrain deftly employs a Dardennes-style in-the-moment handheld lensing, managing a high-wire act in which audience disgust is outpaced by breathless anticipation.

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Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine

Larrain's consciously raw execution in telling the story of a compelling but ultimately unsavory character is an id-bending exercise in provocation that's both competent and challenging.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Chile's official submission to the 2009 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film is an interesting, compelling study of a miserable sociopath, relying… More
Luke Baldock
Tony Manero is Chilean Psycho. It's a terrifying drama, social commentary and a sports movie rolled together. Alfredo Castro gives a perfomance to remember… More
Anthony Lawrie
A cross between Man Bites Dog, The King of Comedy and Scarface but no where near as good as either. Alfredo Castro is brilliant as Raúl Peralta, a man obsessed… More
Walter M.
Raul(Alfredo Castro) is a week early for the Tony Manero look-alike contest at the television studio because this week they are doing Chuck Norris. That's… More
Gordon A
Riveting near mute central performance drives along this dark tale of obsession. Reading the central character's face and hoping things won't go as… More