Mar 24, 2021
All in all, this movie is just fine. It has humor, and hope, and it features a number of likable actors (even Mel) in likable roles.
Jan 31, 2021
Despite some funny visuals in the trailer is not a comedy. It is a dark exploration of mental illness and its effect on the family unit.
Apr 3, 2020
The Beaver is a well-crafted film with some very compelling elements.
Nov 16, 2019
The Beaver is a conscientious, industrious and creative film that not only gives us one of the best performances of the year with Mel Gibson, but builds hope in shedding a light on the issue of depression.
Jan 8, 2019
Gibson, of course, is well suited right now to playing a man in pain. But he has little chemistry with Foster, who plays the woman who gives him more chances than he deserves.
Dec 14, 2018
This really is one of the most unbalanced, incohesive, disturbing, vomit-inducing, yet strangely captivating movies I have seen in some time.
Aug 24, 2018
This might have been better as an intimate drama about mental illness and it doesn't have time to explore all of its themes.
Aug 8, 2018
[Gibson offers] one of the most subtly complex turns of his long career, single-handedly pulling off Foster's strange, imperfect but ultimately affecting dramedy.
Apr 4, 2018
The other actors keep pace with Gibson, especially Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence as a teen love interest. The thick, meaty, rich, dark film offers only a few moments of gallows humor to lighten the mood.
Mar 14, 2016
The quirky concept and Gibson's powerhouse performance give The Beaver unexpected resonance.
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.
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
Oct 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.
Feb 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.
Oct 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.