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

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The Beaver / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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

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USA Today

USA Today

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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