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  • Summary: Joseph is an unemployed widower with a drinking problem, a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who seems wholesome and happy. When circumstance brings the pair together, Hannah appears as Joseph’sJoseph is an unemployed widower with a drinking problem, a man crippled by his own volatile temperament and furious anger. Hannah is a Christian worker at a charity shop, a respectable woman who seems wholesome and happy. When circumstance brings the pair together, Hannah appears as Joseph’s guardian angel, tempering his fury and offering him warmth, kindness and acceptance. As their relationship develops, Hannah’s own secrets are revealed — her husband is violent and abusive — and Joseph emerges as her unlikely savior. With striking performances and a deeply felt story, actor-turned-writer/director Paddy Considine's film is a stunning debut about the emergence of grace and redemption from the least likely of places. (Strand Releasing) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Nov 16, 2011
    91
    Considine directs with the confidence of a veteran, giving his actors room to work while letting an ominous, overcast mood hang over almost every scene.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 30, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Colman's performance comes as a revelation.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 14, 2011
    75
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Nov 17, 2011
    60
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 1, 2011
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 18, 2011
    38
    True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Feb 17, 2013
    10
    I first have to say that the performances are all quite stunning; particularly Olivia Colman. She takes a very measured approach to the roleI first have to say that the performances are all quite stunning; particularly Olivia Colman. She takes a very measured approach to the role and it comes off perfectly. Peter Mullan was also excellent as Joseph; a great piece of casting as I felt he was ideal for the role. Eddie Marsan plays the abusive and somewhat creepy husband just right and I have to also give a mention to the young actor Samuel Bottomley, who plays a local boy who Joseph looks out for. I’m sure this young man will have a great future. This is a film that is all about the performances; there are no special effects or fancy camera trickery; it lives or dies on the performances and I have to say (for me at least) it worked to a tee! One of the criteria I use when deciding whether I like a film or not, is the emotional response it generates. And I can honestly say with this one it was all positive. Don’t get me wrong, you are taken all around the houses on the way there, but to end it they way they did I though was just perfect!

    SteelMonster’s verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED My score: 9.6/10
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  2. Jun 17, 2012
    10
    an amazing movie. due to Paddy Considine great direction ability and his well scripted screneplay. and with two standout performances, Peteran amazing movie. due to Paddy Considine great direction ability and his well scripted screneplay. and with two standout performances, Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman (who one of the best performances of the year). it can however be slow at some times, but Colman makes up for that. a highly recommended movie. Expand
  3. Jul 1, 2012
    10
    Not a light, happy film to say the least, but one of only a few I've watched recently which has stayed with me for more than a couple ofNot a light, happy film to say the least, but one of only a few I've watched recently which has stayed with me for more than a couple of minutes after the credits. The acting was superb, well worth a watch! Expand
  4. Apr 14, 2012
    8
    Tyrannosaur stands out, due to it's wonderful and truly raw direction from Paddy Considine. It's written with true passion and it's led byTyrannosaur stands out, due to it's wonderful and truly raw direction from Paddy Considine. It's written with true passion and it's led by two, utterly and completely ground-breaking performances from Peter Mullan and an exceptionally heart-breaking Olivia Colman. Expand
  5. Mar 10, 2012
    8
    A powerful and raw drama examining troubled, sick souls who cannot harness their abusive behaviour and therefore cannot find their much soughtA powerful and raw drama examining troubled, sick souls who cannot harness their abusive behaviour and therefore cannot find their much sought redemption. Olivia Colman brings a pitch perfect performance which is one of the best I have seen for a long time and together with Paddy Considine's directorial debut is definitely worth many accolades. Expand
  6. Feb 22, 2013
    8
    Paddy Considine is one of my favorite British actors. Several great movies, like "In America" and "Dead Mans Shoes", have shown his greatPaddy Considine is one of my favorite British actors. Several great movies, like "In America" and "Dead Mans Shoes", have shown his great talent. Get ready for his full-length directing debut. Tyrannosaur tells a dark and depressing story about a man plagued by violence and hate. Every little thing can make him explode and he won't hold back. This is a heavy movie. If you're in a bad mood or you've just been dumped or anything like that, don't watch it, cause you'll get even more depressed. Also, if you love dogs, you might just skip this one. If you like dark, heavy dramas, you'll find a true gem with this one. I really loved the grim atmosphere in this movie, the very convincing acting and the way everything is filmed. Paddy Considine should definitely keep both acting (he's not in this movie though) and directing cause this man is a true genius. When the ending credits rolled I just sat there staring at the screen with a sad look on my face for a couple of minutes. Which in this case is a good thing cause that's probably exactly what Considine wants. This is a movie I will not easily forget about. Expand
  7. Jun 10, 2012
    0
    No dinosaurs. I hadn't seen any previews and I thought a movie named Tyrannosaur would be awesome, this is some crappy chick flick. THERE ISNo dinosaurs. I hadn't seen any previews and I thought a movie named Tyrannosaur would be awesome, this is some crappy chick flick. THERE IS NO TYRANNOSAUR IN THE FILM. Expand

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