Tyrannosaur
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"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."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A stunning and memorable debut."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"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."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"A searing drama buoyed by exquisite performances and a keen understanding from its first-time director of the power of the absence of dialog."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"It sounds like an exercise in miserabilism, but Considine extracts black comedy, compassion, and dignity from his downtrodden characters and their blighted setting."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"[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."
‑ Matt Pais, RedEye
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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?"
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
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