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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    No walk in the park, Tyrannosaur is a character study steeped in the British (and Irish) tradition of social realism, and the experience of watching this skillfully made film is, well, exhausting. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman give such hard-as-nails, lived-in performances in this stark drama directed by Irish actor Paddy Considine ("In America," "Cinderella Man") that it's impossible not to be pulled in. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The grim drama is undeniably punishing, but Considine's screenplay laces in moments of warm human contact that puncture the harshness like delicate grace notes. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Built as it is around horrifying moments of intimate violence, the stark British drama Tyrannosaur can be a hard movie to watch. At the same time, though, it's hard to stop watching once it gets going. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The result is a picture that is baldly manipulative yet weirdly sentimental, and while Considine (a fine actor) can write, he is capable also of writing dialogue you've heard before. show more

  • 50
    Simon Abrams Slant Magazine

    The brutality of Tyrannosaur isn't so over the top as to make director Paddy Considine's sympathy for his flawed characters look like a sham. But it does frequently bring his film's seesawing exploration of blue-collar existence to the brink of collapse. show more

  • 38
    Kyle Smith New York Post

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

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