The Beaver Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
It doesn't quite work, but it does provide something of a cinematic exorcism for the public's increasingly conflicted relationship with Gibson.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013
Mel Gibson's last hurrah
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
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
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
Amy Killin
Moviedex
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
MovieFIX
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
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
Times-Picayune
July 14, 2011
A heartfelt and compassionate portrait of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
June 24, 2011
The Beaver sensitively deals with themes of mental illness, suicide and self-belief, plumbing some very dark nooks of the human psyche.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 22, 2011
Deftly handling the seriousness of its mental health issues, The Beaver is also often profoundly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
June 17, 2011
The set-up sounds absurd, and parts of the movie are indeed funny peculiar, but overall Foster plays things straight and Gibson rewards her with a nakedly honest portrayal of a man who's hit rock bottom and is trying to clamber back to the light.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
June 17, 2011
It is, by some distance, the best drama about family life this year - the sort of refreshingly-good film it would have been easy to think that nobody in Hollywood wanted to make any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 17, 2011
They seem like a real family, beaver puppet and all. And 'The Beaver' gives them the dignity they deserve in their troubled times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
June 17, 2011
Foster's direction is on the timid side but Gibson's performance manages to make a weird situation feel real and unexpectedly touching.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
June 16, 2011
As the movie grows darker, and Walter becomes more dissociated from reality, Gibson convincingly depicts a man who'll have to crack all the way before he can heal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
June 16, 2011
Fitfully compelling, a welcome antidote to more formulaic Hollywood fare, and deserving of more than embarrassed sniggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 16, 2011
While there are too many carefully constructed moments in this film, it's a remarkably effective mixture of dark drama and absurd comedy. This is surprising because the premise is more than a little ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
June 16, 2011
Mel Gibson's off-screen exploits have lumbered him with some heavy baggage, so it's surprising to see him embrace that vulnerability in Jodie Foster's oddball comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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