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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/10
Eric Hynes
Stop Smiling
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.
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
December 25, 2008
The problem with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is that it aims for profundity and merely hits homespun wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
One troubling thing is the pedophile overtone that runs throughout the film.
December 24, 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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 26, 2008
...has all the features of greatness except the magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 25, 2008
Given the resources and talent here, quite a movie might have resulted. But it's so hard to care about this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 22, 2008
While director Fincher has accomplished any number of technical marvels in the film, Benjamin Button lacks a soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2008
Damn thing never seems to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
September 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Who knew that F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story would end up on the screen as a three-hour Botox ad?
Clay Cane
BET.com
June 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: C+
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.0/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
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 | Original Score: 5.5/10
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
February 6, 2009
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
Karina Longworth
SpoutBlog
December 22, 2008
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.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 2, 2009
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.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
December 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 54/100
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
December 22, 2008
It works - kind of - but it takes its sweet time in getting there and leaves little behind truly worthy of remembrance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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