'Tyrannosaur' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   77 reviews
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    Certainly a very impressive debut from Considine.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Tyrannosaur is British miserabilism at its most numbingly brutal and blunt.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Considine's intense film isn't easy viewing, and surely isn't pretty, but his actors are remarkable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    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?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Alexis Loinaz Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
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  • Ben Sachs Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Hope? Redemption? Catharsis? Tyrannosaur offers such possibilities, but the trip getting there is brutal, indeed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Charles Gant Variety (Top Critic)
    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."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Like a bruise, black and blue and more deeply felt than it initially seems.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    84
    Considine announces his directorial vision with a morbid character piece sustained by two remarkably intense performances.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Rooney Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andy Lea Daily Star
    100
    A stunning and memorable debut.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    100
    Tyrannosaur is cinema that scars the soul - you'll only want to see it once, but once is enough.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
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  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    75
    Those angling for a "feel-bad" bummer won't be disappointed.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
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  • Peter Keough Boston Phoenix
    75
    It sounds like an exercise in miserabilism, but Considine extracts black comedy, compassion, and dignity from his downtrodden characters and their blighted setting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago