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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Romance . Mystery . Thriller . Drama . Fantasy

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Actors: Cate Blanchett , Julia Ormond , Tilda Swinton , Brad Pitt , Faune Chambers Watkins , Josh Stewart , Taraji P. Henson , Elias Koteas , Jason Flemyng , Madisen Beaty , Elle Fanning
Directors: David Fincher
Country: USA
Release: 2008-12-25
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  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It takes a world-class storyteller and a great yarn to rivet your attention for nearly three hours. This very classy, old-school movie - employing cutting-edge technology that will make your eyes pop - did it for me.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jenni Miller

    Naturally, Pitt and Blanchett are outstanding. Fincher's meticulous attention to detail is unerring, down to the light fixtures.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Brad Pitt's sensitive performance helps make 'Benjamin Button' a timeless masterpiece.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Aptly for a film so concerned with time, Button is 13 minutes shy of three hours and just flies by. If this is Fincher selling out, can he sell out more often please?

    Empire Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    This film's manifold pleasures come in a series of small packages, with treats inside as tasty as they are unexpected.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A curious case indeed: an extravagantly ambitious movie that's easy to admire but a challenge to love.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • William Arnold

    With his usual intelligence, technical virtuosity (the reverse-aging effects are astounding) and storytelling panache, director Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash and pulls its diverse elements together to be something unique for a Hollywood movie -- a true spiritual experience.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Lyrical, original, misshapen and deeply felt, this is one flawed beauty of a movie.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    This is a long, impeccably detailed, richly textured movie about a most unusual life, and although it's far from perfect, the sum of it achieves what Fincher set out to do in the first place: Make you blubber like a 6-year-old who just found his pet turtle lying belly-up.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    There's no denying the film's power of compulsion and the sense that, when it's all over, it means something. Most viewers will be entertained and moved, and some will find their intellect aroused.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's long, like life, but like life it continually fascinates.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Benjamin never questions his fate and ­never actually gets to enjoy being a kid. At least there's a thoughtful middle part, where the enigmatic Blanchett comes alive and Benjamin seems haunted by life -- someone we recognize, and not just a vessel tossed about by time.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Above all, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a triumph of technique.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This odd, epic tale of a man who ages backwards is presented in an impeccable classical manner, every detail tended to with fastidious devotion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    What Button shows is that Ben is ultimately not the hero of his own life or his own movie. He gets inside our head, that's for sure, but, frustratingly, we never get inside his.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Yet it's worth seeing because the sights are truly something. Claudio Miranda's pearly cinematography, Donald Graham Burt's luscious production design, the visual effects supervised by Eric Barba--everything blends, and none of the seams show.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Question: Is life still like a box of chocolates if you're going in reverse? The answer, in the case of the curiously Gumpian The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is a gooey yes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    Brimming with intriguing concepts and brilliant visual effects, making it a stimulating treat for both the eyes and the intellect.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Worth seeing just for the superb prosthetic makeup and seamless computer-generated effects in which Pitt's head is digitally imposed onto older bodies.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Perhaps the movie might have made more sense if the actors could have taken each other's roles: Pitt always seems light and ageless, while Blanchett never seems to have been young.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Button has a wide-eyed innocence that almost never palls. It strays far from the mind of F. Scott Fitzgerald, but often enough it came near to my heart.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    A gravely beautiful drama about the mysteries of aging and death.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie's premise devalues any relationship, makes futile any friendship or romance, and spits, not into the face of destiny, but backward into the maw of time. It even undermines the charm of compound interest.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    At its most profound, Benjamin Button isn't about anything more important than Pitt's very handsomeness, which, for a surprising stretch of time, is a wonderful subject for study.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's so almost moving -- a meticulously crafted mechanical bird -- that it nearly feels like the real thing. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Attains a level of quiet grace. It's too bad that I can barely remember the movie after only a week. Nothing lasts, indeed.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Benjamin Button is pretty much just "Gump" with better cinematography.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    As enervating as it is long -- and at 2 hours and 47 minutes it is quite long -- this version of the F. Scott Fitzgerald fantasy short story is a baffling project, an endurance test of a movie that feels like it was made on a dare.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Pitt's great in character roles, as a comic grotesque or an unrepentant scoundrel. (See Burn After Reading or, for that matter, Fight Club.) But as a passive, introspective leading man like Benjamin, he's just dull.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Often astonishingly beautiful, but in a way that's the problem: You wonder what visionaries such as Tim Burton or Michel Gondry might have done with the material. As it is, "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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Realized through old-fashioned camera mastery and newfangled special effects, it’s a stunning technical accomplishment, but one seemingly designed only to broadcast banal sentiments, when it says anything at all.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Based flimsily on a minor F. Scott Fitzgerald story, it's an anecdote stretched to would-be epic proportions.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Everything that was sharp in the original text has been rounded and buffed.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Benjamin Button is to the first half of the 20th century what "Gump" was to the second -- a panorama of the American experience as seen from the perspective of a wide-eyed Candide. Here as there, Roth reduces our complex times to a parade of shockingly straight-faced kitsch.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie's excruciating length is without dramatic or thematic justification.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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