The Jodie Foster directed, and Mel Gibson starring film, The Beaver, is garnering almost unanimously positive reviews after its premiere at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin. The film is about a depressed man, who has an unnatural attachment to a puppet.

Trade bible Variety spewed that, "Gibson delivers a performance very few could pull off." While fellow tinsel town heavyweight The Hollywood Reporter chimed in saying that the film was "Less nutty and more moving than its premise suggests," before adding that Gibson offers an "affecting, less romantically dramatic collapse than some he has created in earlier film roles." Gibson needed a home run; he needed a film that showed just why he was one of the biggest movie stars on earth for so long. According to these reviews he may just have found it.

Whether audiences can ignore the trials and tribulations of his personal life remains to be seen, but Gibson has apparently just reminded critics of his talent.