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: December 25, 2008
DVD 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.

Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

... I was pleasantly surprised.

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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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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

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.

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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.

Eric Hynes
Stop Smiling

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.

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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