The Beaver Reviews

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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.
August 1, 2011
This is a wholly wasted opportunity for Gibson -- and a disappointing misfire from Foster.
June 16, 2011
Contrived, self-admiring and self-pitying, unfunny, burdened with a central performance which is unendurably conceited and charmless.
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.
June 15, 2011
Beyond the initial idea, this is kid gloves filmmaking, when what we need is a bit more of the gloves-off stuff.
May 20, 2011
The acting throughout -- Foster, Lawrence, Yelchin -- is superb, and this may well be Gibson's finest performance, just as it's Foster's most balanced job of directing.
May 20, 2011
The film is amusing, then melancholy, then weirdly funny, then not. It's a quiet, measured work.
May 20, 2011
With The Beaver, Gibson shows that for all his personal turmoil, he still may have a career in the twilight years.
May 20, 2011
For a film about the real problem of mental illness, it never feels authentic. Depression is not something neatly tied up. If this is meant as an allegory, it's vague and unconvincing.
May 19, 2011
Gibson's performance as Walter Black ranks among the best of his career.
May 17, 2011
The main problem with the film, competently but rather blandly directed by Foster, is that you can't believe this fairy tale for a moment.
May 13, 2011
"The Beaver" isn't a perfect film, but it's challenging and original.
May 12, 2011
That this ambitious, if deeply odd, film is so compulsively watchable is a credit to Gibson's compelling performances, both as spiritless Walter and the Cockney-accented voice of the tireless title character.
May 12, 2011
I respected The Beaver for having the conviction to treat mental illness seriously and without compromise. But did it have to be so maudlin, too?
Top Critic
May 6, 2011
In The Beaver, a stately family drama with a black comedy struggling to break free from within, Mel Gibson deploys a seemingly magical hand puppet -- plus more charm than he's allowed out in public in years.
May 6, 2011
I've rarely seen a movie about severe malcontents that ended on such a note of unearned uplift.
May 6, 2011
You won't be the only one anticipating a car-crash appeal in The Beaver , that eerie sensation of not being able to look away from catastrophe.
May 6, 2011
Sure, there's lots of pretense but it's all the wrong kind -- just silliness posing as sensitivity pretending to be art.
May 6, 2011
If you continue to be fascinated by this talented, volatile, messed-up man, it's worth experiencing what may be Gibson's finest performance to date.
May 6, 2011
I didn't want to read a word about The Beaver before seeing it, and I'm glad I went in "cold." It's a purposefully odd little film about mental illness and a broken family, made with care and obvious passion by Jodie Foster from a...
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