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Tyrannosaur Reviews

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 1, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

October 14, 2011
Pete Hammond
Back Stage

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

Full Review Source: Back Stage | Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

December 1, 2011
Nick Schager
House Next Door

Tyrannosaur offers up a kitchen-sink vision of suburban England in which women and children cower at the feet of masculine fury.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

March 23, 2011
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 25, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 18, 2011
Cole Smithey

[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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

November 13, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

November 18, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 19, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2011
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The film's big weakness is its screenplay.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

October 6, 2011
Andy Lea
Daily Star

A stunning and memorable debut.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 5/5

March 14, 2013
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

October 5, 2011

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

October 6, 2011
Simon Miraudo

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 14, 2011
Siobhan Synnot

A compelling, compact melodrama which shows you something pretty unbearable right at the start then dares you to keep watching.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

October 5, 2011
David Sexton
This is London

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.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

October 7, 2011
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

At times it feels a little over-familiar, but this is a confident first feature.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

October 5, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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