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Tyrannosaur Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 27, 2012
The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 8, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
December 1, 2011
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 1, 2011
This isn't the kind of movie that even has hope enough to contain a message. There is no message, only the reality of these wounded personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 18, 2011
True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
November 18, 2011
Like a bruise, black and blue and more deeply felt than it initially seems.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2011
The performances carry the film and occasionally lift it beyond its kitchen-sink lower-depths doldrums.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2011
It is the kind of film that leaves you limp, exhausted and feeling battered by the end. But its wrenching performances make the beating worth weathering.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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November 17, 2011
Propelled by male rage but softened by Considine's big-hearted understanding of his characters, this bruising slice of urban life rewards our patience.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 17, 2011
Considine's intense film isn't easy viewing, and surely isn't pretty, but his actors are remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
November 17, 2011
Tyrannosaur sounds like a particularly extreme work of British working-class miserablism, but Considine and his cast have no use for comfortable distance created by cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2011
Hope? Redemption? Catharsis? Tyrannosaur offers such possibilities, but the trip getting there is brutal, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 5, 2011
It's not a particularly deep or unique statement, but Considine howls it with sincerity and conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 24, 2011
Both Mullan and Marsan are expectedly stellar, but it's Colman, a performer better known for TV comedies, who gives the film its deeply moving soul.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
This is an intense exploration of the corrosive effects of human violence. And its eventual glimmer of redemption is entirely earned, not artificial or consoling.
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Charles Gant
Variety
January 22, 2011
Brit thesp Paddy Considine makes a strong writing-helming feature debut with "Tyrannosaur," recycling the same cast, characters and setup he used for his 2008 award-winning short "Dog Altogether."