Tyrannosaur Reviews

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May 6, 2019
At times this is a film you may want to look away from, even if its little speckles of violence aren't explicit and graphically shown. But Considine knows: we must look.
December 31, 2018
With a story of redemption at the center of its cold, black heart, this independent drama from the U.K. introduces us to the most unlikely hero in a film this year.
December 1, 2018
Tyrannosaur proudly upholds the British cinematic tradition of producing affecting, character-driven social dramas.
August 31, 2018
It is full of masculine fury and the women who take the brunt of it, and if this does not sound an attractive proposition, it's because it isn't, and never is, but, as far as these unattractive propositions go, this is powerfully affecting.
August 23, 2018
It's very dark, both visibly and narratively, which fits the subject matter perfectly.
October 23, 2017
Tyrannosaur is not for everyone. But if you can handle it, its rewards are worth the suffering.
March 14, 2013
A stunning and memorable debut.
September 28, 2012
Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough.
April 13, 2012
Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.
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.
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.
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.
January 27, 2012
More so, as familiar as a lot of this Considine does a great job of making it feel fresh and original even if little of it actually is, giving his finished film a lived-in quality that's undeniable.
January 27, 2012
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.
January 27, 2012
The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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