The Beaver Synopsis
A depressed father (Mel Gibson) speaks through a beaver puppet to try to get his life back on track.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Went to The Premiere in Austin - VERY GOOD

By hawaii596
It is a very engaging, intelligent movie. Inspite of his current woes, Mel Gibson is still a brilliant actor, and I am still a fan. Much credit to Jodie Foster for her role both acting and...

The Beaver

By WBretz
This is a very well written movie. Mel Gibson plays the part very well. I would highly reccomend this movie if you know anything about depression, it is an insightful movie....

Brilliant!

By sylvia solo
If anyone coul depict the hellish decent into mental illness, it would be Mel! Say what you want about him, but the man is brilliant both as an actor and a director/producer.... I noticed one...

The Beaver

By Beckmeister
The is a great imaginative story. Mel is great and this really shows off his talent. It has a great message about change, motivation, and hope....

Put aside your personal feelings

By suemarie
Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster have made a really good movie. The subject matter of depression can be suffocating but this movie is much more. A man suffering still has to be a husband, a father to two...

Gibson Great !!

By mlinebaugh
An amazing performance by Mel. Difficult role to play with that puppet. Worth seeing....

Mel

By NormanDale
Mel was great. Really great script amd Jodie did a great job at matching the tone....

Great story

By robhayden
The move was very good. I really went in thinking ok this looks a little odd, but it was a solid 9 on my scale. Great story, tear jerker with a powerful ending... Loved it......

still a great actor

By SilverBeat
Going by the trailers only, sure looks to me that Gibson is still Gibson when it comes to acting. Looks good...

The Beaver

By MHandley2007
I love both Mel Gibson and Jodi Foster, therefore, my expectations of these actors far exceed the roles they played. I admit The Beaver is probably my least favorite movie in quite some time....

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Rated PG-13 | For some disturbing content, language, mature thematic material, sexuality and a drug reference
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Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 14 & under Strange, serious drama is alternately inspiring, appalling.
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