The Beaver Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 20, 2011
Put the puppet back into the dumpster.
August 5, 2011
Se maneja en el filo entre la comedia absurda y el drama lacrimógeno, una combinación no siempre efectiva. Dentro de un buen elenco se destaca el intento de Mel Gibson por volver a los primeros planos.
August 1, 2011
This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.
July 31, 2011
It is a totally manufactured product, this film, completely free of sincerity and reality
July 15, 2011
July 5, 2011
Jodie Foster invites us to laugh at this guy who talks through a puppet, then scolds us for doing so.
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 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.
June 17, 2011
It isn't offensive, or antisemitic, or actionable, so there's some relief -- but it is very embarrassing.
June 16, 2011
Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless.
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.
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