Tyrannosaur Reviews

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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

  • Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Considine's intense film isn't easy viewing, and surely isn't pretty, but his actors are remarkable.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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

  • 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

  • Hope? Redemption? Catharsis? Tyrannosaur offers such possibilities, but the trip getting there is brutal, indeed.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Brit thesp Paddy Considine makes a strong writing-helming feature debut with "Tyrannosaur," recycling the same cast, characters and setup he used for his 2008 award-winning short "Dog Altogether."

    Charles Gant — Variety

  • True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • 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

  • Like a bruise, black and blue and more deeply felt than it initially seems.

    William Goss — Film.com

  • Considine announces his directorial vision with a morbid character piece sustained by two remarkably intense performances.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

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

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • This is an intense exploration of the corrosive effects of human violence. And its eventual glimmer of redemption is entirely earned, not artificial or consoling.

    David Rooney — Hollywood Reporter

  • It is the kind of film that leaves you limp, exhausted and feeling battered by the end. But its wrenching performances make the beating worth weathering.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

  • A stunning and memorable debut.

    Andy Lea — Daily Star

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

    Ali Gray — TheShiznit.co.uk

  • (Tyrannosaur movie review at Sight and Sound)

    Sight and Sound

  • Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.

    Matt Brunson — Creative Loafing

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