Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur

Hard-hitting British drama, the directorial debut from actor Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), which took Best Film and Best Actress at the British Independent Film Awards 2011.

"A debut that will reward any viewer willing to share his unblinking gaze into the hearts of two violently damaged protagonists. Joseph (Peter Mullan) is a cynical, seething mess of anger and drink, drawn, for reasons we can only dread, to Hannah (Olivia Colman). A nun-like thrift-shop worker, she deflects his abusive overtures with kindness. He will not have a bar of her charity, but, while events transpire which confirm his brutal view of the world, he learns that there’s more to Hannah’s grasp on faith and hope than mindless piety." (NZ International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of the Jury Prize and Directing Award at Sundance Film Festival 2011.
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Variety

Variety

Brit thesp Paddy Considine makes a strong writing-helming feature debut.

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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Certainly a very impressive debut from Considine.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

It is the kind of film that leaves you limp, exhausted and feeling battered by the end.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

Vivid, bruising and electrifying.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This is an intense exploration of the corrosive effects of human violence.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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 cliché.

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