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Tyrannosaur Reviews

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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.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
November 19, 2011
Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Nick Schager
House Next Door
March 23, 2011
Tyrannosaur offers up a kitchen-sink vision of suburban England in which women and children cower at the feet of masculine fury.
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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
Cole Smithey
November 13, 2011
[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 | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 15, 2011
Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
October 6, 2011
The film's big weakness is its screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
March 14, 2013
A stunning and memorable debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
October 5, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
October 6, 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 | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Miraudo
July 14, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
October 5, 2011
A compelling, compact melodrama which shows you something pretty unbearable right at the start then dares you to keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
October 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
October 5, 2011
At times it feels a little over-familiar, but this is a confident first feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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