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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 235
Fresh: 170 | Rotten: 65

Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 12

Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.

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David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the character's unusual life into the 21st century as he experiences joy and sadness, loves lost and found, and the meaning of

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Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Eric Roth

May 5, 2009

$127.5M

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All Critics (235) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (170) | Rotten (65) | DVD (24)

An epic, melancholic romance that employs a multi-generational cast and groundbreaking visual effects. It's a testament to Fincher's skill as a storyteller that the film actually works, albeit sporadically.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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With a running time of almost three slow-going hours, the movie definitely makes you feel as though you're aging forward.

January 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (4)
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Mostly, the film is an orgy of excess, in which Fincher indulges his passion for luxuriant image-making, with little regard for whether the story merits (or can withstand) such grandiose treatment.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (2)
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There's leisure to the storytelling, a splendor that captures the movie's celebratory but also melancholy ideas about our time on this mortal coil.

December 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leaves you colder than it should, and it shouldn't leave you cold at all.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comments (13)
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Fincher's visual mastery and Pitt's charisma almost compensate for a gimmick in search of a meaning. The more time Fincher gives viewers with Button, the thinner the character grows.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club | Comments (5)
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Everything sure is pretty, but I'm not sure this movie has anything to say.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

One of the best half-movies of the year.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Every decade gets its Forrest Gump. David Fincher's version of a little known (and monumentally depressing) F. Scott Fitzgerald story is this one's. That's either a damning condemnation or just what the doctor ordered.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

David Fincher's epic doesn't wallow in nihilistic obsessions, but preached no comforting homily about life's rich pageant either. Life is feel-good in spurts - a series of oddly interconnected, occasionally elating moments that accumulate before death.

September 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

It's not an inherently flawed premise, but it is in writer Roth's saccharine-stained hands. It's frustrating, because it's easy to see how it could have been so much better.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

La premisa es un trozo puro de fantasía y una reflexión sobre el sentido de nuestras vidas%u2026 y creánme, dicha reflexión es tan sólo antesala de las muchas que contiene este filme.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos
Cinenganos

Sure, I cried at the end. I'm not a robot. But I cry at cat food commercials if they punch the right button. I just can't get on the Button train. I wish I could have obeyed my instincts and stayed home.

December 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinerina | Comments (3)

Brad Pitt spends a lifetime aging backward in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and there are points in the movie where your tired hindquarters feel as if they've been along for every minute of his strange journey.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is the total package, a deftly assembled fairy tale that unspools like a pleasant dream.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Who knew that F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story would end up on the screen as a three-hour Botox ad?

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (6)
CinePassion

Between the visuals and the Pitt factor, this is a movie your girlfriend will dig, but there's enough crazy fantasy stuff going on that I'd never call it a "chick flick."

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comments (2)

ostvarenje koje bi se komotno moglo nazvati Forrest Gump 2.0

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Index.hr

a slow starter, and it never really speeds up into a thrilling film, save for one scene of war on the ocean. However, it's not meant to be fast-paced or riveted with action.

June 14, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Yes, Button can be glorious, but the Hollywood glamour drowns the soul that it so needs. Plus, there is the insistent reminder that we will all lose our looks and die.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com | Comments (3)
BET.com

With fine acting all around, and Fincher's typically meticulous filmmaking engagingly, if coldly, transportive above and beyond Roth's mediocre script, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button bears examining. [Blu-ray]

May 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... A beautiful, heartbreaking film ... packed with tender, loving performances and some of the most astounding visual effects we have ever seen.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

an outsized romantic epic built on a potentially flimsy bit of fantastical whimsy that instead becomes an affecting allegory for the fleeting joys of life

May 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

The movie is gentle and sweet. Nothing more. Nothing less. And told most poetically.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (2)
Movie Metropolis

Fincher's fascination with, and film's illusory power over, time deepened the mystery of his previous film, Zodiac. Such insights also redeem Button from its cuteness and kitsch.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

It's a curious story indeed, a long and rambling exploration of time and what we make of it.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Screenwize
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Audience Reviews for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button charts the life of a man who was born old and grows younger as times progresses across the span of the 20th century. Based on a short story by "the" great American novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, Benjamin Button is a film that eloquently captures the magic and charm of Hollywood from times long past. It has a warmth, gentle humour and charm that is sorely missing from most of the sentimental slop that is produced these days and is truly stunning to look at. Brad Pitt gives a much softer edged performance than I thought he was capable of and is wonderfully supported by Cate Blanchett who perfectly captures the gradual maturity of age from self absorbed hedonist to rounded and worldly wise matriarch. The "life story" format draws obvious comparison to Forrest Gump, but that film is like Benjamin's inbred, trailer trash hick second cousin; this has a maturity and intelligence that is completely absent from that manipulative, greetings card poem of a movie. The length is an obvious issue but rather than self indulgent, I found it a very brave move on Fincher's part to produce such a ponderous and measured film in this climate obsessed with cheap thrills aimed at people with no attention span. In doing so, he has produced a beautifully crafted, genuinely moving and thought provoking film of the kind I have not seen in a long time.
December 17, 2013
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Unnecessarily long. Sure, go ahead and say that I have a short attention span, but I just didn't care about many parts of the film. The idea is interesting and Brad Pitt does a fine job as the lead actor. Although, at times it feels like the film tries too hard to be a work of art. All those long drawn out scenes aren't artistic, they are boring. Not something I would watch again and definitely not Fincher's best work.
January 18, 2013
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Eric Shankle

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A beautiful epic that needs to be watched in one sitting.
November 30, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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great,moving,sweeping,epic with great performances and direction and a story to boot .
July 30, 2012
briandeguelle

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    1. Benjamin Button: But life bein' what it is - a series of intersectin' lives and incidents, out of anyone's control - that taxi did not go by, and that driver was momentarily distracted, and that taxi hit Daisy, and her leg was crushed.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Benjamin Button: The taxi had to stop for a man crossin' the street, who had left for work five minutes later than he normally did, because he forgot to set off his alarm. While that man, late for work, was crossin' the street, Daisy had finished rehearsin', and was takin' a shower. And while Daisy was showerin', the taxi was waitin' outside a boutique for the woman to pick up a package, which hadn't been wrapped yet, because the girl was supposed to wrap it, who had broken up with boyfriend the night before and forgot.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Benjamin Button: Sometimes we're not on a collision course, and we just don't know it. Whether it's by accident or by design, there's not a thing we can do about it. A woman in Paris was on her way to go shoppin', but, she had forgotten her coat - went back to get it. When she had gotten her coat, the phone had rung, so she'd stopped to answer it; talked for a couple of minutes. While the woman was on the phone, Daisy was rehearsin' for a performance at the Paris Opera House. And while she was rehearsin', the woman, off the phone now, had gone outside to get a taxi. Now a taxi driver had dropped off a fare earlier and had stopped to get a cup of coffee. And all the while, Daisy was rehearsin'. And this taxi driver, who dropped off the earlier fare; who stopped to get a cup of coffee, had picked up the lady who was goin' shoppin', and had missed gettin' an earlier cab.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Daisy: Lovin' you is worth everything to me...
    2. Daisy: I have to go pee.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
    1. Grandma Fuller: Okay? Ya'll have to promise to go to bed.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
    1. Grandma Fuller: This is my granddaughter Daisy.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (10 months ago)
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