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: July 3, 2009
DVD 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.

Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep

Superbly paced, deftly acted and pervaded with satirical wit, Tony Manero is full of a dangerous, manic energy that comes directly from its main character, a man capable of dazzling gestures and a remarkable self-control in spite of his confusion.

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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.

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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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 B. Lee
Time Out

[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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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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Carlos Magalhães
A compelling crime drama centered on a miserable sociopath obsessed with a movie character to the point of murder - which makes him also a surprisingly tragic… 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 Anderson
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
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