The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Reviews

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March 4, 2020
Benjamin Button is a finely crafted movie, with a more philosophical bent than any other big-budget fantasy of 2008. Still, it tries a little too hard to be profound without ever completely involving the emotions of the viewer.
January 10, 2020
Like its title this is a curious film, indeed.
June 6, 2019
Fincher is a master of establishing atmosphere, and the film has a dark, fable-like quality that is nearly intoxicating.
January 31, 2019
Plodding, facile and fails to connect.
December 12, 2018
Benjamin Button is certainly interesting visually - but as Forrest's mom will tell you, it's what's inside the box that counts.
October 31, 2018
I'd like to report that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button represents the end of an era, one of those turning-points when American movies just have to change because they can't get any worse.
October 10, 2018
Throughout, the film seems to lack the necessary ingredient to engage the audience with more than its superficial beauty.
August 29, 2018
It could have worked, had it ever snapped to life, but it doesn't. It just goes on and on and on and on and on and on. And on. You may even shake your watch to check it is still going. I know I did.
September 12, 2017
... I was pleasantly surprised.
August 4, 2017
F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story is expanded into a sweeping survey of 20th century history and culture as seen through the eyes of a man who is born old and grows younger through the century.
December 12, 2015
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.
October 7, 2015
One troubling thing is the pedophile overtone that runs throughout the film.
July 19, 2015
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
June 22, 2013
Everything sure is pretty, but I'm not sure this movie has anything to say.
November 24, 2011
August 16, 2011
One of the best half-movies of the year.
March 18, 2011
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.
September 25, 2010
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.
June 12, 2010
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.
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