The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Synopsis
A man born in 1918 New Orleans ages backward into the 21st century.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Benjamin Button is all of a visionary piece, and it's a soul-filling vision.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date.
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New York Post

By 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 -...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A curious case indeed: an extravagantly ambitious movie that's easy to admire but a challenge to love.
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New York Daily News

By 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...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By 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...
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Rolling Stone

By 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,...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Worth seeing just for the superb prosthetic makeup and seamless computer-generated effects in which Pitt's head is digitally imposed onto...
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Boston Globe

By 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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The movie's excruciating length is without dramatic or thematic justification.
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This evening I attended the special advance private press preview of this entertainingly philosophical 2 hour 47 minute movie-adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1921 short story - impeccably...

Long Movie!

By camaro909
I saw this movie through a sneak preview. Overall, it is a good movie. It seemed to me like the people that liked the movie the most were people 50 years old and older. I saw the people around me...

well, it's not fitzgerald

By eyeful
a weak "go" the short story is a favorite of mine. i was dubious about a film adaptation because the central character in the story isn't exactly sympathetic. well i don't have to worry now,...

depends on your taste of movie

By ckilderry1421
i have to admit after watching it i found a close resemblence to The Notebook, it gave me that same kinda feel. although i thought the notebook was a little bit better. i didnt know to much going...

"One for the ages"

By promarcus
I got to see the advance screening with Dr. Sanjay Gupta introducing the movie. From start to finish i was intrigued with the cirle of life theme. Its a long film but it keeps its tempo smooth all...

Best Movie I've seen in a long time

By karynkelly40
At the end of the movie, I turned to my friend and thanked her for a wonderful Christmas present. We attended an advance screening for this wonderful adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's book. The...

Benjamin Suckin

By apairofshorts
From the time it started, I wished it would end... But noooo, it kept going and going and going for 3 hours. There was so much that could have been cut out. This Benjamin Button had such a terribly...

My review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

By jwelch5742
This movie was very good. Wonderful Performances for Brad Pitt. It got great Makeup, Art Direction,Visual Effects, and Screenplay....

Why I was Looking Forward to Christmas

By skimbones
Two words... Brad Pitt. He was great going through the different stages of life. He is also beautiful. Yowsy! The whole cast was great. Cate Blanchett going through her different stages in life...

This is my "can't wait" buzz

By Moviedude360
I'm just going to be like everyone else, and instead of rating "Can't Wait" I'm going to rate it "Must Go" because it looks like a great movie....

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Rated PG-13 | For brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking
What Parents Need to Know
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