The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Reviews

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November 24, 2011
February 12, 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an anodyne Hollywood film that offers a safe and sanitised view of life and death. It's Forrest Gump goes backwards.
February 6, 2009
Remove "curious" from the title and replace it with "twee and pointless", and you're close to it. What a incredible shaggy-puppy of a movie, a cobweb-construction patched together with CGI, prosthetics, gibberish and warm tears.
February 6, 2009
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button shows that whether we live life forwards or backwards, the outside is just a shell and it's what we choose to do with life that sifts out the best parts from the worst.
February 5, 2009
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
It is a tedious marathon of smoke and mirrors. In terms of the basic requirements of three-reel drama the film lacks substance, credibility, a decent script and characters you might actually care for.
February 5, 2009
An intended tour de force, it is strangely unable to engage the emotions. In the end it amounts to an overweight movie that delivers less than its clever director, David Fincher, seems to think.
January 2, 2009
It's a speculative and enthralling fantasy about what it would be like to age in reverse.
January 2, 2009
With a running time of almost three slow-going hours, the movie definitely makes you feel as though you're aging forward.
December 30, 2008
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
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 29, 2008
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leaves you colder than it should, and it shouldn't leave you cold at all.
December 29, 2008
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
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is that rare thing: a truly magical movie.
December 29, 2008
The film quickly outgrows any sense of gimmickry and matures into a one-of-a-kind meditation on mortality, time's inexorable passage and the fleeting sweetness of love.
December 29, 2008
Benjamin Button is little more than Gump by way of Dorian Gray. It plays too safe when it should be letting its freak flag fly.
December 29, 2008
The lesson here is never to aim to make a great movie before locking in the framework for a good one.
December 25, 2008
Benjamin Button is a film of mood, not motion. At its best, it is evocative and affecting; at its worst, an exercise in sentimental portraiture.
December 25, 2008
More than a love story, Button is a eulogy for the 20th Century
December 25, 2008
Fincher's magic can't transform him from the coldly dispassionate misanthropist of Se7en, Fight Club, and Zodiac into a sentimental humanist, and it can't turn Brad Pitt into the kind of actor who can carry a movie like this.
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