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Tyrannosaur (2011)

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Critic Consensus: 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 Marsan) is violent and abusive - and Joseph emerges as her unlikely savior. With striking performances and a deeply felt story, actor-turned-writer/director Paddy Considine's film is a stunning debut about the emergence of grace and redemption from the least likely of places. -- (C) Strand Releasing

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Cast

Archie Lal
as Post Office Cashier
Fiona Carnegie
as Woman in Shop
Julia Mallam
as Drunk Woman
Chris Wheat
as Wake Singer
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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (23)

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… | March 1, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 27, 2012
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
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
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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
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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… | December 1, 2011
Chicago Tribune
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½

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

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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½

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.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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