The Beaver Reviews

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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
August 3, 2011
Jodie Foster's The Beaver is a film about mental illness that, refreshingly, isn't like most films about mental illness.
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.
August 3, 2011
The Beaver is one of the strangest and most inconsistent dramas in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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