“'A Dramatic, Yet Brutal Look At Working-class England'/”
“... Like A Single Weed Infecting A Field Of Multi-colored Roses, TYRANNOSAUR Separates Itself From The Cinematic Garden Due To Its Ugliness...”
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
- Sight and Sound
Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
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
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
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
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
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
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
[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
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
Don't be afraid of the movie's grim facade: this is an uplifting journey worth taking.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Does anyone really need to sit through this almost unbearably bleak downer of a movie?
Pete Hammond - Back Stage
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Amidst excruciating violence, the storyline is not as strong as the harrowingly indelible performances.
Nora Lee Mandel - Film-Forward.com
The performances carry the film and occasionally lift it beyond its kitchen-sink lower-depths doldrums.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
a dire, depressing effort
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Propelled by male rage but softened by Considine's big-hearted understanding of his characters, this bruising slice of urban life rewards our patience.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
Tyrannosaur sounds like a particularly extreme work of British working-class miserablism, but Considine and his cast have no use for comfortable distance created by cliche.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
[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.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Mullan plays his unsympathetic character with power and magnetism, but it is Colman's terrific performance that sticks in the mind, a powerhouse portrayal of one of modern-day suburbia's many unseen, unheard victims.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
A well-made and brilliantly acted film.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
Not without its flaws, Tyrannosaur is an auspicious start, and if Considine gains confidence from it, even better may lie ahead.
Trevor Johnston - Sight and Sound
It's a brave, tough, truly compassionate film that threatens to bite any hand of comfort held out to it prematurely.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Some of the gritty realism is hard to take, but the commitment to souls in trouble is heartwarming.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
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.
David Sexton - This is London
[H]arrowing [and] difficult to watch -- films about violent men should be harrowing and difficult, not slam-bang entertaining...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It's hard to watch at times, though made with an intensity and artfulness you never for a moment doubt.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
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.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Considine - a photographer before he became an actor - makes a heartfelt but controlled start to a new career here.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
The film's big weakness is its screenplay.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Tyrannosaur is a fearsome debut but it's subtler than the title suggests - and the film's uplifting moments make it easier to recommend than the average British misery flick.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
The characterization is too thin but the cast do fine work and the drama grips.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Make no mistake, this is a hard and challenging watch.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Vivid, bruising and electrifying.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Certainly a very impressive debut from Considine.
Impressively directed, superbly written and featuring award-worthy performances from all three leads, this is a powerfully moving British drama that confirms Paddy Considine is as talented a director as he is an actor.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's not a particularly deep or unique statement, but Considine howls it with sincerity and conviction.
David Jenkins - Time Out
A compelling, compact melodrama which shows you something pretty unbearable right at the start then dares you to keep watching.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
At times it feels a little over-familiar, but this is a confident first feature.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
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.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Like so many other British actors who turn to British miserablism in the warzone of poverty and neglect and crime when they step behind the camera, the redemption is all in the characters and the performance.
Sean Axmaker - House Next Door
A great deal more than a misery memoir on film, this character study is as gripping as any hardboiled thriller, delivering emotional content that'll stay with you for a long time. Highly recommended.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Approach Considine's brilliant directorial debut with caution. It's a pitiless, fearsome beast that will hammer you in the gut, hard. And Olivia Colman will blow you away.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
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.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
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.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
Both Mullan and Marsan are expectedly stellar, but it's Colman, a performer better known for TV comedies, who gives the film its deeply moving soul.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Considine has created a malicious and punishing world with a heightened sense of cruelty in which to study his characters.
Scott Knopf - Film Threat
It's actually an uplifting and thoughtful meditation on judgement, about the presumptions we make about other people's lives.
Damon Wise - Empire Magazine
A grim and focused anatomy of anger carried into our hearts and minds by two intense performances by Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Tyrannosaur offers up a kitchen-sink vision of suburban England in which women and children cower at the feet of masculine fury.
Nick Schager - House Next Door
The bleak story and strong language may appear a handicap, but the film is a thoughtful, uncompromising and at times moving debut driven by quite outstanding performances by Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman.
Mark Adams - Screen International
Olivia Colman is the real revelation. Best known for her comedy turns... she sinks her teeth into Hannah and doesn't let go, expertly creating a magnetic combination of fragility and unexpected steel.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
This is a profoundly depressing film at times, but in the end, it also proves to be a surprisingly hopeful one. If you have the stomach for it, TYRANNOSAUR is an intensely rewarding film
Chris Bumbray - DVD Clinic
A powerful film you can't shake and won't want to revisit anytime soon.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
"Tyrannosaur" features tremendous performances in all key roles, even if the overall film occasionally strays into that well-trod genre of British blue collar misery porn.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix