• R, 1 hr. 37 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Melisa Wallack
    In Theaters:
    Apr 4, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 15, 2008
  • First Look
  • Meet Bill
    2 minutes 26 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Meet Bill Reviews

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Pete Hammond

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2008
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This movie never should have seen the light of day.

May 12, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Clunky and smug, Meet Bill isn't convincing for one moment.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 4, 2008
Loren Lankford
Entertainment Weekly
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Even a hilarious turn by Kristen Wiig as the owner of a doughnut company can't save this clichéd, meandering story from playing like American Beauty lite.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

May 7, 2008
Brian Orndorf

It doesn't take long for Bill to suddenly veer off course into total impenetrability, where the characters become a blur, the hacky visual poetry is rolled out, and the plot drops dead.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D

July 21, 2008
David Cornelius

Not even a solid performance can keep the script's problems at bay.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 28, 2008
Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
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It tries hard to mimic the arch tone of the best suburban tragicomedies (American Beauty, et al.), but a surfeit of stock characters, double-wide plot holes and heavy-handed symbolism ruins the effect.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 12, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Male midlife crisis presents as pathological self-loathing in Meet Bill, an imperative to which the only sane response is: No thanks.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

May 9, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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The story of a man (Aaron Eckhart) grappling with middle-age ennui at work and at home feels done to death, as does the distracting addition of a spunky rich-kid high schooler.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 13, 2008
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

For those whose idea of hilarity is an adult and a kid throwing fireworks at each other, then getting stoned and playing piggyback in the mall, this movie should be a refreshing tonic.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C-

May 23, 2008
Eddie Cockrell
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Husband-and-wife helmers Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann make all the wrong choices, from the grimacing they've encouraged their large (and largely wasted) cast to indulge in, to the musical riffs that signal each and every dramatic beat.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 14, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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When all is said and done, Bill is let down by Bill.

September 17, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Meet Bill misfires on multiple levels, but its foremost mistake is focusing on a sad-sack underachiever. Bill doesn't believe in himself, so why should we?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 3, 2008
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

Takes scattershot aim at all manner of appropriate targets-the vapid nature of local television news, the perceived stigma of standing out from the pack in America, the dilemma of dreams deferred and abandoned-but rarely hits the comic bull's-eye.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 9, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

Not awful or offensive, but pretty weak broth nonetheless.

June 20, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Discovering your real self is the theme of Meet Bill, in which Bill has to work hard to finally meet himself

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 23, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

As the movie goes on, you actually end up rooting for this schmuck to take charge of his life, and in a way, the movie is sort of inspiring.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2008
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...basically entertaining yet entirely forgettable.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 27, 2007
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008
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