The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 5, 2009
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an epic fantasy tale with rich storytelling backed by fantastic performances.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

With a running time of almost three slow-going hours, the movie definitely makes you feel as though you're aging forward.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button leaves you colder than it should, and it shouldn't leave you cold at all.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

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

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Scott Foundas
Village Voice

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.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

One of the best half-movies of the year.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
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… More
Brian De Guelle
great,moving,sweeping,epic with great performances and direction and a story to boot .
Eric Shankle
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… More
Raymond Wieser
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a wonderful, rich film by director David Fincher that features stunning performances from Cate Blanchett, Taraji P.… More
paul oh
A beautiful epic that needs to be watched in one sitting.
Jeremy Smith
A beautifully flawed film. Lacking in overarching meaning or message, emotional drama or believeability. Has great cast, breathtaking cinematography, make-up… More

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