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Tyrannosaur Reviews

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March 14, 2013
A stunning and memorable debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 28, 2012
Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 13, 2012
Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 22, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 22, 2012
It sounds like an exercise in miserabilism, but Considine extracts black comedy, compassion, and dignity from his downtrodden characters and their blighted setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2011
A searing drama buoyed by exquisite performances and a keen understanding from its first-time director of the power of the absence of dialog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
December 1, 2011
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
November 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2011
Don't be afraid of the movie's grim facade: this is an uplifting journey worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2011
Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 19, 2011
Amidst excruciating violence, the storyline is not as strong as the harrowingly indelible performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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