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The Beaver Reviews

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Will Leitch
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
When Meredith claims they used to be happy, and he responds that it's all a lie, we don't really know who to believe. And that vagueness makes it unclear who we're supposed to trust and what outcome will actually be a good thing for the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eugenia Williamson
Boston Phoenix
May 5, 2011
Jodie Foster has created an uneven, inordinately peculiar film, one that oscillates unsuccessfully between edgy black comedy and Hollywood convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 9, 2011
Completely overgrown with symbolic gestures.
Lewis Bazley
Little White Lies
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
David Roark
Christianity Today
May 6, 2011
Settling for superficial sentimentality, it makes us feel sorry for the characters, especially Walter, but it doesn't enlighten or challenge us, which serious art should do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 11, 2011
What sounds like an odd, interesting experiment squanders its potential on boring life lessons and bland sincerity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
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.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 15, 2011
From the pen newcomer Kyle Killen, creator of the brilliant, but instantaneously cancelled, Lone Star, it reeks of promise but vast inexperience, while Jodie Foster perhaps could have helmed the narrative better too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
August 1, 2011
This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
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
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 5, 2011
"The Beaver" is almost successful, despite the premise of its screenplay, which I was simply unable to accept.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
May 6, 2011
While the film flirts with both darkness and narrative craziness, Foster is too buttoned-down a director to make this material crackle and pop the way it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Andrew Barker
March 17, 2011
[Gibson] delivers a performance very few could pull off as a depressed father who begins communicating through a hand puppet, but Foster doesn't know how to manage it or navigate the script's seismic tonal shifts/
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 6, 2011
The figure of Gibson is immediately suspect and polarizing, and ultimately too much of a distraction from this fragile TV-style family story.
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
Tim Grierson
Screen International
April 23, 2011
Despite its ambitious tonal sweep, The Beaver ends up feeling like pieces of a lot of different films, making it a movie that's more interesting than it is great.
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