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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Reviews

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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.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 4.2/10

June 12, 2010
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

The problem with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is that it aims for profundity and merely hits homespun wisdom.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 6/10

December 25, 2008

Benjamin Button may be the most passive titular character in a motion picture until The Terri Schiavo Story gets off the ground.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 6.5/10

December 24, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...has all the features of greatness except the magic.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 85/100

December 26, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Given the resources and talent here, quite a movie might have resulted. But it's so hard to care about this story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2008

While director Fincher has accomplished any number of technical marvels in the film, Benjamin Button lacks a soul.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 3/5

December 22, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Damn thing never seems to end.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2008
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

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.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 2/4

September 18, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

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

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Clay Cane

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

June 10, 2009
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

This inventive treatment will intrigue and fulfill some audience members. But not me. Despite general critical euphoria (90% favorable on Rottentomatoes), I found it a plodding tours de force.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 1, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

If only the screenplay had taken its time to fully and organically flesh out its characters and their emotions, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button would have been a much more emotionally powerful experience.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 5.5/10

January 31, 2009
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

The film is sporadically entertaining and intends to be profound but has nothing to say about life except we shouldn't waste a single precious moment of it. But I learned that already from Jim Carrey in Yes Man, and in nearly half the time.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 6, 2009
Karina Longworth

Benjamin Button is a film about the feat of its own whiz-bang, Frankensteinian digital imagery, drunk on its own accomplishment to an extent that feels quasi-ethical.

Full Review Source: SpoutBlog

December 22, 2008
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

The A-list cheekbones, CGI wow factor and sensous cinematography can't save it. This is Hollywood at full bluster -- spectacular and sometimes iconic, but emotionally half baked.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

January 2, 2009
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

The literal Benjamin Button that Fincher and Pitt have created with special effects is bland and passive even in the years when you'd think a reverse-ager would be most conflicted, fatalistic, or wise.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 54/100

December 25, 2008
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page

It works - kind of - but it takes its sweet time in getting there and leaves little behind truly worthy of remembrance.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 22, 2008
Michael Dance
The Cinema Source

Holds your interest, but it's ultimately pointless, and the ending lets him off the hook.

Full Review Source: The Cinema Source | Original Score: C+

January 6, 2009
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper

Pitt's Benjamin is colorless, gawping, and passive.

Full Review Source: Washington City Paper

December 30, 2008
Prairie Miller

The new eighty in Hollywood as a one year old. And by the time Pitt's lover is clutching her object of erotic desire as he squirms around in her arms in diapers and all of one foot long, let's just say that it's more than a little on the kinky side.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

December 21, 2008
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