The Beaver Reviews

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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.
August 1, 2011
This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.
June 16, 2011
Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless.
June 16, 2011
It's commendable to capture depression on film, but a talking rodent and a fallen star aren't the way to do so.
June 15, 2011
Beyond the initial idea, this is kid gloves filmmaking, when what we need is a bit more of the gloves-off stuff.
May 20, 2011
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.
January 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.
December 14, 2018
This really is one of the most unbalanced, incohesive, disturbing, vomit-inducing, yet strangely captivating movies I have seen in some time.
August 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.
August 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.
April 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.
March 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.
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.
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.
January 14, 2013
Mel Gibson's last hurrah
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.
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.
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
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.
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