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The Beaver Reviews

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July 14, 2011
A heartfelt and compassionate portrait of mental illness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 5, 2011
Jodie Foster invites us to laugh at this guy who talks through a puppet, then scolds us for doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
July 1, 2011
The Beaver goes to elaborate lengths to sidestep any interesting conflicts or complex characters, instead opting for twee humour and saccharine life lessons.
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.
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
June 21, 2011
Foster's curious movie is at once a realisation of the kind of "risky" script that never gets made and an unwitting signifier of typical Hollywood contrivance.
June 19, 2011
It is the very essence of a misfire, a film so out of step with the times that I'm tempted to say Dick Cheney on a hunting trip couldn't have misfired more.
June 17, 2011
Not a good movie, but a brave one from a star in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
June 17, 2011
It isn't offensive, or antisemitic, or actionable, so there's some relief -- but it is very embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 16, 2011
Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
June 16, 2011
What we're left with is a daft premise and a damaged movie star desperately trying to endear himself to the audience. A bold but doomed effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
June 16, 2011
Somewhat tedious once the initial novelty of seeing Mel Gibson talk using a beaver puppet has worn off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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