The Beaver (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Beaver (2011)



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

Movie Info

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) Summitmore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kyle Killen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 23, 2011
Box Office: $0.9M
Summit Entertainment - Official Site


Mel Gibson
as Walter Black
Jodie Foster
as Meredith Black
Anton Yelchin
as Porter Black
Cherry Jones
as Vice President
Jeffrey Corbett
as Volunteer Dad
Baylen Thomas
as Skeptical Man
Matt Lauer
as Himself
Jon Stewart
as Himself
Terry Gross
as Herself
Bill Massof
as Prosthetic Technicia...
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News & Interviews for The Beaver

Critic Reviews for The Beaver

All Critics (176) | Top Critics (45)

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

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 14, 2016
Hot Press

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

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

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

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.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

Mel Gibson's last hurrah

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Beaver


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 this is a more serious film than it looks. Sadly, it doesn't quite reach the audience with what it set out to do. The fantastic final scene hints at what could have been and makes you think much more fondly of the film than the 90 minutes before that.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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 projecting part of his personality into a puppet. Even so, the script is unfocused and has an easy, sappy conclusion.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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 emotional movie. Along with strong performances by Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, this film really does make you aware of how easily depression can have an impact on families. Overall 'The Beaver' shows that Foster still makes a promising director, along with Gibson still capable of having a strong leading role.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

The Beaver Quotes

Norah: So, while everything may not always be okay, one thing I know is true: You do not have to be alone.
– Submitted by Eizen B (3 years ago)
Meredith Black: I came to the party late, but I have never seen anything else that was me, as close as me.
– Submitted by Kirk T (4 years ago)
Walter Black: People seem to love a train wreck when it's not happening to them.
– Submitted by Chad E (4 years ago)
Walter Black: Starting over isn't crazy. Crazy is being miserable and walking around half asleep, numb, day after day after day. Crazy is pretending to be happy. Pretending that the way things are is the way they have to be for the rest of your bleeding life.
– Submitted by Chad E (4 years ago)

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