The Beaver

2011

The Beaver

Critics Consensus

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

61%

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Reviews Counted: 179

55%
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Reviews Count: 0
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Rotten: 0

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55%
Average Rating: 3.3/5

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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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Critic Reviews for The Beaver

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

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
    Top Critic
  • This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.

    Aug 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's commendable to capture depression on film, but a talking rodent and a fallen star aren't the way to do so.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Beyond the initial idea, this is kid gloves filmmaking, when what we need is a bit more of the gloves-off stuff.

    Jun 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    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.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    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

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....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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