The Beaver
The Beaver (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
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Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jodie Foster's visual instincts and Mel Gibson's all-in performance sell this earnest, straightforward movie.

Leah Rozen

It's a bummer of a movie -- dark and at cross-purposes with both itself and any image do-over [Gibson] might be seeking.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The film is amusing, then melancholy, then weirdly funny, then not. It's a quiet, measured work.

Roe McDermott
Hot Press

The quirky concept and Gibson's powerhouse performance give The Beaver unexpected resonance.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Beyond the initial idea, this is kid gloves filmmaking, when what we need is a bit more of the gloves-off stuff.

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David Germain
Associated Press

With The Beaver, Gibson shows that for all his personal turmoil, he still may have a career in the twilight years.

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian

It doesn't quite work, but it does provide something of a cinematic exorcism for the public's increasingly conflicted relationship with Gibson.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Will Leitch

Thinks it's a whimsical tale of a man finding himself, but Gibson thinks it's the tale of a man losing his mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Like most viewers you won't know whether to laugh or cry when a grown man starts to deal through a puppet to deal with his depression. The tendency is that… More
Cynthia S.
What a surprise! I was not expecting to like this movie, but I did. Quite a bit! Very quirky. Rather dark. Some well placed humor, at times..but mostly sad,… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Firmly directed by Jodie Foster and with a heartfelt performance by Gibson, this is an interesting drama about a depressed man suffering from schizophrenia and… More
paul sandberg
A film that features a man communicating through a hand puppet of a Beaver must be a comedy, right? Well, partly so - how could it not be? And yes, the film… More
Samuel Riley
Thanks to Foster's directing, there is a superb balance between a serious drama and a dark comedy. This makes 'The Beaver' both an enjoyable and… More
Saskia D.
In my opinion this movie is underrated, but I understand it is not for everybody. It exposes the (self)destructive effects of a long depression in an original… More