Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  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: Mike Scott
    Dec 1, 2011
    88
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Mar 22, 2011
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Mar 22, 2011
    80
    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."
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Mar 22, 2011
    80
    Colman's performance comes as a revelation.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 1, 2012
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Jan 26, 2012
    75
    The principals are superb, with Mullan and Colman doing a masterful job of inhabiting their separate but equal prisons.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Nov 18, 2011
    75
    A jagged, uneven, often unfulfilling experience, but there are a few first-rate scenes between Joseph and Hannah that convincingly put forward the capacity for redemption in even the most ravaged of souls.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 17, 2011
    70
    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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 15, 2011
    60
    Tyrannosaur won't translate into entertainment, nor as a wake-up call to the dark side of humanity - though it does work nicely as a tart slice of hard-bitten acting; the entire cast is superb.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Dec 1, 2011
    50
    The leads are the whole show, and the understated visuals give them room to make the material their own. But none of the other characters is all that fleshed out (Eddie Marsan, as the woman's cruel husband, hasn't got much to do), and despite having shot the entire film on location, Considine never establishes much sense of place.
  16. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Nov 13, 2011
    50
    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.
  17. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Nov 17, 2011
    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.
  18. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 18, 2011
    38
    True, the stars are very good at what they do, but so what?
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »