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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today 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.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Compelling drama takes on big life questions.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this moving, memorable film is a compelling exploration of life, death, and the enduring power of love. Despite such weighty subjects, older teens -- whose interest may initially be piqued by star Brad Pitt -- will likely find it engrossing, and even touching. Younger viewers, on the other hand, could be overwhelmed by the mature themes. Expect some sexual innuendo and nonexplicit clinches, swearing (including infrequent use of "f--k"), a sequence that includes a bit of bloody violence, and period-accurate smoking and drinking.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it attempting tosay about life, love and death? Are these messages relatable, even though the basic premise is pure fantasy?
  • Do you think this movie could have been made without advanced specialeffects and computer techniques? How is this movie different from otherHollywood films, especially those that rely on more obvious effects?
  • What do you think it would be like to grow up with thezest of youth masked by an aged body?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: The movie's unique premise is ultimately used to convey messages about the flexible nature of family, the importance of approaching life with curiosity and enthusiasm, and the joys -- and pains -- of true love.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Because of his unusual upbringing and unconventional family, Benjamin grows up with much compassion. He's also very curious about the world and the people in it. He and Daisy have a rocky relationship, but it's clear that they care deeply about each other. A man abandons his baby on the steps of a nursing home, but a young womanrescues the baby and raiseshim. Some characters tease the child for his condition, but for the most part, people are kind and accepting.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A tugboat happens upon a battle at sea. Dead bodies are everywhere, with the water bloody from the corpses; the enemy fires at it. The captain is shot, and blood oozes from his chest. Some characters fire guns; there are also loud arguments.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A man stands in his skivvies in front of a mirror. Some non-explicit scenes of a couple making love; in one segment, they appear to be naked under a sheet. A boy, who looks like an old man, visits a brothel filled with scantily clad women. After some time alone with a woman (not shown on screen), he appears to have enjoyed himself thoroughly. Lovers kiss passionately. A young woman discusses having casual sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Some cursing, including "bastard," "goddamn," "ass,""s--tless," and, infrequently, "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking, a few times to the point of inebriation. A kid, albeit one who looks older, gets drunk. Some smoking (mostly era-accurate).

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