The Beaver
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Jodie Foster directs and co-stars with Mel Gibson in The Beaver - an emotional story about a man on a journey to re-discover his family and re-start his life. Plagued by his own demons, Walter Black was once a successful toy executive and family man who now suffers from depression. No matter what he tries, Walter can't seem to get himself back on track...until a beaver hand puppet enters his life. -- (C) Summit
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"It's a bummer of a movie -- dark and at cross-purposes with both itself and any image do-over [Gibson] might be seeking."
‑ Leah Rozen, The Wrap
"The film is amusing, then melancholy, then weirdly funny, then not. It's a quiet, measured work."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Thinks it's a whimsical tale of a man finding himself, but Gibson thinks it's the tale of a man losing his mind."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A unique and thoughtful project that showcases a charming, as well as unconventional, character journey -- and one of Gibson's best roles to date."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Moviegoers probably won't be interested in seeing Mel Gibson in an onscreen train wreck that reminds them so much of the mess he's made of his real life."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"Beyond the initial idea, this is kid gloves filmmaking, when what we need is a bit more of the gloves-off stuff."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"With The Beaver, Gibson shows that for all his personal turmoil, he still may have a career in the twilight years."
‑ David Germain, Associated Press
"Jodie Foster's The Beaver had its moments, but the overall premise just didn't fly. I just couldn't buy the idea of the talking puppet."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"The device of the beaver is a constant distraction from what is otherwise a compelling tale of a man and family in crisis."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Put the puppet back into the dumpster."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The acting throughout -- Foster, Lawrence, Yelchin -- is superb, and this may well be Gibson's finest performance, just as it's Foster's most balanced job of directing."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"For a film about the real problem of mental illness, it never feels authentic. Depression is not something neatly tied up. If this is meant as an allegory, it's vague and unconvincing."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Mel Gibson's last hurrah"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Sthn trith ths skhnothetikh apopeira, h Jodie Foster akomh den exei piasei thn ennoia toy rakor, alla ayto einai to mikrotero ap' ta problhmata mias dramenti poy pairnei to thema ths katathlipshs arketa elafra, gia na thes na thn aytoktonhseis"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Aside from having a title that turns me into a puerile, sniggering teenager every time I talk about it, The Beaver is a heartbreakingly good movie."
‑ Tim Martain, The Mercury
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