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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.

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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
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    PG-13 (for mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and language including a drug reference)
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    $900,000.00
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Cast

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 Technician
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Critic Reviews for The Beaver

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (47)

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

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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

May 20, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
USA Today
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Beaver

½

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.
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 Magalhães
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

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