The Beaver

The Beaver

The Beaver

Comedy-drama, co-starring and directed by Jodie Foster, about Mike (Mel Gibson) - a depressed CEO of a toy company who dons a beaver handpuppet to better communicate with his wife (Foster) and his two sons.

While completed for some time, the movie's release has been pushed back due to the controversy surrounding the infamous Mel Gibson's rant, recorded and leaked by his ex-girlfriend.

2011Rating: M, contains offensive language91 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
Jodie Foster ('Home For The Holidays', 'Little Man Tate')
Writer:
Kyle Killen
Cast:
Mel GibsonJodie FosterJennifer LawrenceAnton YelchinRiley Thomas Stewart
26%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Engaging enough - Sensitive portrayal of topic

I saw this on Rialto Cinema's Film Club Night. Not really knowing about all of what's been going on with Mel Gibson, I was not biased against him. I do generally love Jodie Foster. The film was engaging enough - I didn't feel like I had wasted my time, but it's not one that I would want to own. Foster handled the topic of serious depression well. The...

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film can't decide whether it wants to be a bittersweet study of mental illness or an oddball farce.

USA Today

USA Today

press

Though the notion has its outlandishly comic aspect, the movie is more painfully sad than humorous.

Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s a dark, powerful, haunted performance. You could even argue that Gibson’s vile rants enhance its intrigue.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Even the long tabloid shadow cast over this production can’t keep The Beaver from finding an emotional resonance in a ridiculously absurdist spectacle, making you sympathise with someone confronting his failure as a father, husband and human being via a ratty felt toy that sounds like Ray Winstone.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Foster treats the goofy premise with a literal earnestness—as a family drama about separation and reunion—that seems all wrong. A little wit would have helped.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Beaver is almost successful, despite the premise of its screenplay, which I was simply unable to accept.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Less nutty and more moving than its premise suggests, Jodie Foster's on-target dramedy transcends its real-world baggage.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It never quite comes together in a satisfying way, but it’s still a brave, strange, brain-stirring piece of filmmaking.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

The film can't decide whether it wants to be a bittersweet study of mental illness or an oddball farce.

USA Today

USA Today

press

Though the notion has its outlandishly comic aspect, the movie is more painfully sad than humorous.

Total Film

Total Film

press

It’s a dark, powerful, haunted performance. You could even argue that Gibson’s vile rants enhance its intrigue.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Even the long tabloid shadow cast over this production can’t keep The Beaver from finding an emotional resonance in a ridiculously absurdist spectacle, making you sympathise with someone confronting his failure as a father, husband and human being via a ratty felt toy that sounds like Ray Winstone.

The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

Foster treats the goofy premise with a literal earnestness—as a family drama about separation and reunion—that seems all wrong. A little wit would have helped.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Beaver is almost successful, despite the premise of its screenplay, which I was simply unable to accept.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Less nutty and more moving than its premise suggests, Jodie Foster's on-target dramedy transcends its real-world baggage.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It never quite comes together in a satisfying way, but it’s still a brave, strange, brain-stirring piece of filmmaking.

3.0

Engaging enough - Sensitive portrayal of topic

I saw this on Rialto Cinema's Film Club Night. Not really knowing about all of what's been going on with Mel Gibson, I was not biased against him. I do generally love Jodie Foster. The film was engaging enough - I didn't feel like I had wasted my time, but it's not one that I would want to own. Foster handled the topic of serious depression well. The...

3.0