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The Beaver Reviews

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March 14, 2016
The quirky concept and Gibson's powerhouse performance give The Beaver unexpected resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
January 14, 2013
Mel Gibson's last hurrah
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 11, 2011
Aside from having a title that turns me into a puerile, sniggering teenager every time I talk about it, The Beaver is a heartbreakingly good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 5, 2011
The Beaver makes for a creative portrayal of mental illness, and of family life around those who live in the dark, reaching a fine balance of drama and comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2011
Jodie Foster's The Beaver is a film about mental illness that, refreshingly, isn't like most films about mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2011
Mel Gibson is quite wonderful as Walter and it's to Foster's credit that she is able to balance the serious with the bizarre so convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 3, 2011
The Beaver is one of the strangest and most inconsistent dramas in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 31, 2011
There's a strong and positive sub-text to the story, offering a depth of understanding to an often considered subject that is taboo. But whether audiences will buy Gibson talking with the hand is another question
July 14, 2011
A heartfelt and compassionate portrait of mental illness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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 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
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
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
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
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