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The reviewers reviewed: The Beaver

What we said, and they said, about the new Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson flick

The reviewers reviewed: The Beaver

What we said

‘Gibson is the story, channelling the manic, edgy qualities of his established screen persona and his personal woes into a performance that encourages you to give him a second chance.’ The List

What they said

The Beaver may flash its teeth from time to time, but deep down, it’s tamer than Orville.’ The Guardian

‘Mel Gibson proves that even now, as an actor, he’s nobody’s puppet – even if the film can’t let us forget the man behind the curtain.’ Twitch

‘[Director Jodie] Foster finds the script’s subtleties instead, and grounds the film with just enough pain to make it work.’ Hollywood Reporter

The Beaver is on general release from Fri 17 Jun.

The Beaver Trailer

The Beaver

  • 3 stars
  • 2011
  • US
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jodie Foster
  • Written by: Kyle Killen
  • Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence

After an accident, Walter (Gibson) believes that a beaver hand puppet is an extension of his personality, able to voice what he feels and maybe turn things around. Some genuinely funny moments and a committed performance from Gibson really sell the idea.

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