75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster from a script by fearless first-timer Kyle Killen, is operating on a plane far above multiplex formula. This flawed but heartfelt movie has the power to sneak up and floor you.
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75

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The Beaver is at its core a classically Oedipal tale. While one son angles in all the wrong ways for his abject father's attention, another engages in a heroic struggle with his abusive bully of a dad.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A risky bet that pays off solidly, Jodie Foster's much-delayed The Beaver survives its life/art parallels -- thanks to its star, Mel Gibson -- to deliver a hopeful portrait of mental illness that is quirky, serious and sensitive.
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70

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Foster's performance is crisp and forthright and surprisingly moving. There's something affecting about watching this disciplined, no-nonsense actress deliver her lines to a hand puppet - she's always game, if not exactly relaxed.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Bizarre and belabored, yet grimly fascinating.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This is high-quality work from a professional (Gibson) who, news reports have suggested, has recently sunk to terrible lows in his nonprofessional life.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story lacks honesty. 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.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Oddly engrossing, off-kilter drama.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The most provocative thing about The Beaver is the adult-movie title. The film itself is alternately fascinating and dull, though mostly the latter.
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60 out of 100
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