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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Bizarre and belabored, yet grimly fascinating. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Oddly engrossing, off-kilter drama. show more

  • 70
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 70
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 75
    Ella Taylor NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This bizarre little movie is all over the place as drama - but genuinely compelling as a one-of-a-kind piece of public self-flagellation. show more

  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    An often moving and always disturbing film. Little is explained, motivations aren't explored. We miss them, at times. It's still a film of power, wit and thought-provoking ideas, one well worth seeing. show more

  • September 30, 2011 Gene
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    To sum it up in one word ... Terrible!

  • August 28, 2011 mirro77
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    love mel...what an amazing actor

  • August 24, 2011 MARTY
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    A Jody Foster film with Mel Gibson? This movie would have been number 1 at the box office had more theatres released it for people everywhere to see. Because of the controversy surrounding Mel Gibson\'s personal life, not a lot of people got the chance to see it. This was an amazing movie with acting so fantastic that I watched it twice! Message to Hollywood: At Oscar time, set aside your feelings of Mel Gibson as a person and see him as the incredible actor he really is. He and Jody deserve Oscars! You will love this movie!

  • June 05, 2011 paulotic
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    Mel Gibson may be given an opportunity to show the world the kind of actor he is which was extraordinary in this movie. He captured the real world of those who go through depression and struggle to move towards the other side of the agony. Not since \"What Dreams May Come\" with Robin Williams have I wittness such perfect characterization of the emotional pain and struggle that the human goes through during the bleak times. This movie is dark and filled with moments of humor that keeps the viewer from walking out. Jody Foster\'s role was perfectly played as a wife who was in termoil living through her husband\'s darkness and doing the best she could. Her presentation of character was near perfect, but the script failed in places to provide the audience the whole character of the wife. The oldest son was played perfectly. The parallels between the father and son were, at times over played but as the son finds his own life spirally out of control the audience could look back at that forshadowing piece of script which allowed us to think it could happen in any family. The younger son was perfectly presented with enough character from a 9 year old to understand the questions, the fear, and the way a child often deals with loss initally. The work of the cast brings me to the conclusion that Jody Foster mastered this movie with great acting and a script that may have been better if it had greater depth in Foster\'s character. This is a delicate subject for those of us who have worked through depression. Five stars are merited on the acting, the script would only get 4 stars. Gibson and Foster work well together and hopefully they will continue to collaborate in great film opportunities that deal with subjects many would never be able to portray and most would never succeed.

  • May 21, 2011 Debbie
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    Support your local movie theater. Great movie!

  • May 20, 2011 tmtnunez
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  • May 17, 2011 sethw2000
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    I just went and saw The Beaver...Excellent Movie!!! Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson should get an Oscar! Just a great movie, great acting, and a great message for the entire family. I am going to see the movie again. Too bad the movie is only in "select" needs to be everywhere because this movie is AWESOME!!!

  • May 15, 2011 qh00000000090211
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    Really nice movie worth it

  • May 15, 2011 jpewther
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    Actually, 3 1/2 stars. Mel Gibson\'s performance was terrific, and the movie was quirky and funny when the Beaver first appeared. But then the main story-line took a turn for the worse by being too serious, realistic, and therefore depressing. Why couldn\'t Jodie Foster\'s character just accept the Beaver, and see where he would take her husband?

  • May 12, 2011 MBA Health
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    Amazing! Mel Gibson is alive and well and still one of the most talented actors every born. He just needs to stay away from gold diggers and booze...and he will be fine.


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