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Tyrannosaur (2011)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 62 | Rotten: 13

Tyrannosaur is a brutal, frank, and ultimately rewarding story of violent men seeking far-off redemption.


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 6

Tyrannosaur is a brutal, frank, and ultimately rewarding story of violent men seeking far-off redemption.



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Joseph (Peter Mullan) is an unemployed widower with a drinking problem, a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah (Olivia Colman) is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who seems wholesome and happy. When circumstance brings the pair together, Hannah appears as Joseph's guardian angel, tempering his fury and offering him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their relationship develops, Hannah's own secrets are revealed - her husband (Eddie


Art House & International, Drama

Paddy Considine

Apr 3, 2012


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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (13) | DVD (1)

The movie is cruelly frank about the ways damage cascades down to the powerless, but while it's not for the fainthearted (or for animal lovers), rewards are there.

March 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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You won't find two finer performances in recent times than those by Mullan and Colman, who in a perfect world would each have received Oscar nominations this week.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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If the script ultimately seems a bit extreme (are there no immediate consequences for Joseph's tantrums or the criminal outbursts of Hannah's abusive husband?), it's often surprisingly successful in pushing the limits of British kitchen-sink drama.

December 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Paddy Considine's first feature as writer-director comes off like a playwriting exercise, with familiar characters taking every opportunity to wage messy, cathartic arguments or exhume traumatic memories.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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The acting - particularly the moving performance of Olivia Colman as a battered spouse living in a grim corner of Leeds, England - is fierce and committed. So why doesn't its impact linger?

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A stunning and memorable debut.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Considine equates the denizens of a Leeds housing estate with caged beasts and Mullan's performance is beautifully calibrated - a snarling, dangerous surface hiding the loyalty and affection which can be found underneath.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

It sounds like an exercise in miserabilism, but Considine extracts black comedy, compassion, and dignity from his downtrodden characters and their blighted setting.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Considine makes painterly use of the canvases that are Mullan's and Colman's faces, deep pools of ache, in different stages of their descent to a breaking point.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A searing drama buoyed by exquisite performances and a keen understanding from its first-time director of the power of the absence of dialog.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

[Mullan and Colman are] the anchors of the film's scary, tightly wound world, in which everyone's spring is dangerously close to being sprung.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: RedEye

A relentlessly-grim yarn revolving around a tragically-flawed trio being slowly swallowed whole by the emotional quicksand of a blue-collar wasteland where there really aren't any winners.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

Don't be afraid of the movie's grim facade: this is an uplifting journey worth taking.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Back Stage | Comments (5)
Back Stage

Amidst excruciating violence, the storyline is not as strong as the harrowingly indelible performances.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Tyrannosaur

A devastating, emotionally exhausting film, directed and acted with such humour, sadness, and terrible beauty. A really unforgettable film. Paddy Considine is fantastic.
March 28, 2013
Louis Rogers

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The shocking, gut-wrenching first 60 seconds continues on through the end. What makes it bearable to watch is that all of the aggressors are just as horrified by their own actions. There is no redemption found here, just a coping self-awareness of the controllable contributing factors.
January 5, 2013
Matthew Slaven

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Absolutely NOT for the faint of heart (or children, for that matter). Be warned - for those who rely on the US Motion Picture Rating scale to prepare them for a film - this is a clear "R" for language, violence, and adult themes. This movie goes way beyond dark, and gritty. Opening scene: angry drunk walks out of a bar and takes out his frustrations on his dog..badly. The rest of the story is just as about as pleasant. However, it is so well done that it's really hard to judge how you feel about it all by the end...
September 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

'Tyrannosaur'. Two destructive personalities?one less inwardly so than the other, but to far greater consequences?find some semblance of peace through each other.

Fine performances from both leads, and great little moments of humour to break up the bleak tone of the film, especially the explanation of the name, 'Tyrannosaur'!

A day later, in retrospect, I do question whether Joseph's violently destructive motivations and character were sufficiently conveyed to the viewer. Did I miss something, or did he get this way just because [and I don't mean this lightly] he lost his wife? If so, the message seems to be about glamourising rage in Joseph's case, for no real just cause, whereas at least Hannah garnered some level of sympathy and was almost driven to it.
September 1, 2012

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    1. Joseph: An animal can only take so much punishment and humiliation before it snaps.
    – Submitted by Matthew S (20 months ago)
    1. Hannah: God loves you. You're God's child.
    2. Joseph: God ain't my fucking daddy, my daddy was a cunt. He knew he was a cunt. God still thinks he's God. No-one's told him otherwise.
    – Submitted by Feno B (2 years ago)
    1. Hannah: I feel safe with you.
    2. Joseph: Nobody's safe with me.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Joseph: What happened to you?
    2. Hannah: I fell over.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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