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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 timelessness. Cate Blanchett co-stars along with Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for brief war violence, sexual content and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 5, 2009
Box Office: $127.5M
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Critic Reviews for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

All Critics (239) | Top Critics (45)

There are worse films than The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and those 15 masterful minutes may well justify the price of admission. But there's a lot of movie before and after Swinton's cameo.

Full Review… | December 12, 2015
Stop Smiling

One troubling thing is the pedophile overtone that runs throughout the film.

Full Review… | October 7, 2015
Critic's Notebook

Converts an F. Scott Fitzgerald short story about a man aging backward into an overly long exercise in pseudo-profundity bearing little resemblance to its source.

Full Review… | July 19, 2015
The Patriot Ledger

A man who ages backwards will never be able to bond to another person in a truly meaningful way. We can barely be expected to return affection that isn't there.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Everything sure is pretty, but I'm not sure this movie has anything to say.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

One of the best half-movies of the year.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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.

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Eric Shankle

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A beautiful epic that needs to be watched in one sitting.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Quotes

Benjamin Button: And I think, right there and then, she realized none of us is perfect forever.
– Submitted by Andrea D (15 months ago)
Benjamin Button: And I think, right there and then, she realized none of us is perfect forever.
– Submitted by Andrea D (15 months ago)
Daisy: Would you still love me if I were old and saggy?
Benjamin Button: Would you still love me if I were young and had acne? When I'm afraid of what's under the stairs? Or if I end up wetting the bed?
– Submitted by Andrea D (15 months ago)
Benjamin Button: When the package was wrapped, the woman, who was back in the cab, was blocked by a delivery truck, all the while Daisy was gettin' dressed. The delivery truck pulled away and the taxi was able to move, while Daisy, last to be dressed, waited for one of her friends, who had broken a shoelace. While the taxi was stopped, waitin' for a traffic light, Daisy and her friend came out the back of the theater. And if only one thing had happened differently; if that shoelace hadn't broken; or that delivery truck had moved moments earlier; or that package had been wrapped and ready, because the girl hadn't broken up with her boyfriend; or that man had set his alarm and got up five minutes later; or that taxi driver hadn't stopped for a cup of coffee; or that woman had remembered her coat, and got into an earlier cab, Daisy and her friend would've crossed the street, and the taxi would've driven by.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (20 months ago)

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