• PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Jodie Foster
  • In Theaters:    May 6, 2011 Limited
  • On DVD:    Aug 23, 2011
  • Summit Entertainment

The Beaver Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013

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 | Original Score: C+
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
June 2, 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 | Original Score: 6/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013

Mel Gibson's last hurrah

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
February 4, 2012

The device of the beaver is a constant distraction from what is otherwise a compelling tale of a man and family in crisis.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leah Rozen
Top Critic
October 7, 2011

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

Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 20, 2011

Put the puppet back into the dumpster.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
August 11, 2011

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 5, 2011

Se maneja en el filo entre la comedia absurda y el drama lacrimógeno, una combinación no siempre efectiva. Dentro de un buen elenco se destaca el intento de Mel Gibson por volver a los primeros planos.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amy Killin
August 5, 2011

The Beaver makes for a creative portrayal of mental illness, and of family life around those who live in the dark, reaching a fine balance of drama and comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Kostakis
August 3, 2011

Jodie Foster's The Beaver is a film about mental illness that, refreshingly, isn't like most films about mental illness.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 3, 2011

Mel Gibson is quite wonderful as Walter and it's to Foster's credit that she is able to balance the serious with the bizarre so convincingly.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 3, 2011

The Beaver is one of the strangest and most inconsistent dramas in recent years.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2011

This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2011

It is a totally manufactured product, this film, completely free of sincerity and reality

Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 31, 2011

There's a strong and positive sub-text to the story, offering a depth of understanding to an often considered subject that is taboo. But whether audiences will buy Gibson talking with the hand is another question

Mike Scott
July 14, 2011

A heartfelt and compassionate portrait of mental illness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
July 5, 2011

Jodie Foster invites us to laugh at this guy who talks through a puppet, then scolds us for doing so.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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