The Beaver (2011)

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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) Summit

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: $1.0M
Runtime:
Summit Entertainment - Official Site

Cast


as Walter Black

as Meredith Black

as Porter Black

as Vice President

as Norah's Mom

as Volunteer Dad

as Skeptical Man

as Himself

as Himself

as Herself

as Prosthetic Technicia...
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Critic Reviews for The Beaver

All Critics (175) | 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
TheWrap
Top Critic

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
Deadspin

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
Tribune News Service

A unique and thoughtful project that showcases a charming, as well as unconventional, character journey -- and one of Gibson's best roles to date.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
ScreenRant

Audience Reviews for The Beaver

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.

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Carlos Magalhães

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

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, touching, and very well done. Jodie Foster is an exceptional director, in my opinion. The whole thing even made me forget that I dislike Mel now. He did a great job, I have to admit. It must have taken a lot of courage to attempt a comeback in a quirky movie like this. I think that he pulled it off quite well....

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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