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3.2
9,053 Ratings

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Directed by David Fincher
United States, 2008
Fantasy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Loosely adapted from the (very) short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this sprawling epic paints the portrait of the lifespan Benjamin Button, an unusual man who ages in reverse.

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Directed by David Fincher

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2009 | 3 wins including: Best Achievement in Art Direction

2009 | 10 nominations including: Best Achievement in Cinematography

American Film Institute Awards

2009 | Winner: Movie of the Year

National Board of Review

2008 | 3 wins including: Best Adapted Screenplay

BAFTA Awards

2009 | 3 wins including: Best Make Up & Hair

2009 | 7 nominations including: Best Film

Critics reviews

Very loosely inspired by a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, BUTTON uses its central metaphor with all the bludgeoning subtlety of a stalking horse, but the conceit works: this is a singularly melancholy film about aging and the crushing improbability of sustained human connection.
August 23, 2013
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The complexity of Button’s emotional effects stems as much from its cornball premise as from the subtle ways Fincher manipulates it to his own ends. For every predictable move the script makes, the film grows richer and deeper by frustrating our expectations of what a big Hollywood epic is supposed to do in justifying its hero’s significance.
April 25, 2013
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David Fincher takes us back to the grotesque spectacle of The Hotel New Hampshire (1984) and The World According to Garp (1982); although he is a more intriguing and surer director with this material than either Tony Richardson or George Roy Hill, his film demonstrates the same traps. . . . But Benjamin Button is magic realism without politics, without society – and without history.
February 01, 2009
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