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.
As much as Tyrannosaur is well made, bleakly photographed and knowingly directed with an appreciable lack of Hollywood gloss, it still feels like it's of little use to anybody with a brain.
| Original Score: 2/5
Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?
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?
| Original Score: 2/4
Tyrannosaur offers up a kitchen-sink vision of suburban England in which women and children cower at the feet of masculine fury.
The brutality of Tyrannosaur, actor Paddy Considine's kitchen-sink directorial debut, isn't so over-the-top as to make Considine's sympathy for his flawed characters look like a sham.
True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
[VIDEO] Actor Paddy Considine turns writer/director with an overwrought drama burdened with the earmarks of dramatist trying too hard to make a mark, if not a lasting impression.
| Original Score: C
Considine lays out his story in little blocks that seem to begin as the characters enter; no one ever seems to be living between the scenes, and nothing springs to life.
The characters are trapped, suffocated, pushed through a story that gives them very little room or time to figure themselves out, and that finally turns their feelings into the wan stuff of fable.
If only Considine was not so intent on trying to shock us. He succeeds at that, all right - but in doing so he fails his film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.
The film's big weakness is its screenplay.
A stunning and memorable debut.
| Original Score: 5/5
This is not a pleasant film, nor one you will probably want to watch again anytime soon. But the volcanic, award-worthy performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman make it an absolute must see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Like a self-inflicted open wound, Considine keeps things red raw and festering as a painful reminder of the ugly, destructive and secretive side of human nature.
Not a pleasant viewing experience by any stretch of the imagination, and perhaps a little too on-the-nose at times, Tyrannosaur is nonetheless a visceral roar of a debut feature from Considine.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A compelling, compact melodrama which shows you something pretty unbearable right at the start then dares you to keep watching.
It's art, not fun, be warned. Actually, it has to be said the portrait it so fondly gives of life in Leeds is repellent: drunken, abusive, indolent, violent, and just ugly in every possible respect.
At times it feels a little over-familiar, but this is a confident first feature.