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2,046 Ratings


Directed by Paddy Considine
United Kingdom, 2011


Joseph drinks too much and has an explosive character and, since the death of his dog, self-destruction seems to be his only aim. Until one day he flees into the charity shop of the Christian Hannah. Although she has every reason to be afraid of him, Hannah seems determined to save Joseph from ruin.

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Tyrannosaur Directed by Paddy Considine

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Dramatic (Directing Award)

Independent Spirit Awards

2012 | Nominee: Best International Film

To be sure, Considine’s intricate work on the page is the root of this portrait, but Colman’s performance is designed with such overlapping fervor that what ensues takes on another dimension.
November 21, 2011
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At its tortured heart, Tyrannosaur is a love story disguised as blunt instrument. The fragile connection between Joseph and Hannah, both forged and threatened by the brutality that swirls around them, is sold with performances of electrifying authenticity and emotional richness.
November 17, 2011
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This is a grim, credible portrait of long-term psychological damage, but it’s also about a man struggling desperately not to be the bastard he’s been all his life (Mullan is extraordinary, every bit as strong as he was as another Joseph in My Name Is Joe).
July 01, 2011
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