Tyrannosaur (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tyrannosaur is a brutal, frank, and ultimately rewarding story of violent men seeking far-off redemption.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

Sarah Marrs

Tyrannosaur is not for everyone. But if you can handle it, its rewards are worth the suffering.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

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.

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

A stunning and memorable debut.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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?

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Ali Gray

Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Louis Rogers
A devastating, emotionally exhausting film, directed and acted with such humour, sadness, and terrible beauty. A really unforgettable film. Paddy Considine is… More
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'Tyrannosaur'. Two destructive personalities?one less inwardly so than the other, but to far greater consequences?find some semblance of peace through… More
Matthew Slaven
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… More
Cameron Sherwell
Originally designed as a short, I can't help but feel it would of been better that way. The feature length 88minutes (although still short) begins to feel… More
Cynthia S.
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… More
Bruce Bruce
This is definitely a film festival type movie, starts off slow but after about 30 minutes your into this story of a man who has a bad temper and drinking… More