Meet Joe Black (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Meet Joe Black (1998)



Critic Consensus: Glacially slow, uneventful.

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Meet Joe Black tells the story of media tycoon William Parrish, whose charmed life and orderly household are suddenly disrupted by the arrival of an enigmatic young man named Joe Black, , an otherworldly presence who proceeds to fall in love with Parrish's beautiful daughter Susan. For Parrish, Susan and the rest of his family, the consequences of this romance are profound, complicated and bittersweet.more
Rating: PG-13 (for an accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language)
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kevin Wade, Bo Goldman, Walter Ferris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 6, 1999
Universal Pictures


Brad Pitt
as Joe Black
Anthony Hopkins
as William Parrish
Claire Forlani
as Susan Parrish
David S. Howard
as Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller
as Jamaican Woman
Jahnni St. John
as Jamaican Woman's Dau...
Diane Kagan
as Jennifer
Gene Canfield
as Construction Foreman
Steve Coats
as Electrician
Julie Lund
as Drew's Secretary
Kay Gaffney
as Boardmember
Anthony Kane
as Boardmember
Joe H. Lamb
as Boardmember
Robert C. Lee
as Boardmember
Hardy Phippen Jr.
as Boardmember
Stephen Adly Guirgis
as Hospital Receptionis...
Leo Marks
as Party Waiter
Michelle Youell
as Party Guest
Gene Leverone
as Party Guest
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Critic Reviews for Meet Joe Black

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (17)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Long but never boring, spiritual but never soggy, this is the brand of big entertainment Hollywood is best at but so rarely does right these days.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008

Is weighed down by a tediously slow pace and overwrought production values.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Un buen ejercicio sobre ideas de amor... de muerte y del camino que todos vamos a seguir en algún momento...

Full Review… | September 3, 2001

Audience Reviews for Meet Joe Black

This movie grows on me. The story is interesting, the relationships formed are special, and the acting was great.

I didn't realize until I did some research that this is the third time this story has been filmed -- the first two are called Death Takes a Holiday - in 1934 and 1971. I found the story intriguing - "Death" trying out life. I will have to see the earlier versions.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Suspension of disbelief might have helped enjoy this movie had the pacing be not so sluggish. It simply gives too much time to think about the characters' illogical actions when it ought to have moved swiftly. There are simply too many flaws in the movie to be able to enjoy it enough.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


This movie really makes no sense, but I still enjoy it a lot by the grace of the willowy and wounded Claire Forlani. Death has been around since the beginning of time (just ballparking it), so how is he still so ignorant about friendship, passion, sex, success, greed, revenge - the ways of the world, essentially, including colloquialisms about Death and taxes? One would think he'd have a human dalliance every decade at least. The character is written to be a wide-eyed simpleton, and they had to pick the actor with the worst face and voice for that: Brad Pitt. He's so dead-eyed and dumb-sounding.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Meet Joe Black Quotes

William Parrish: Don't blow smoke up my ass, it will ruin my autopsy.
– Submitted by Karen K (3 years ago)
Susan Parrish: I wish you could've known my father.
– Submitted by Justin H (3 years ago)
Joe Black: Yes.
– Submitted by Weston T (4 years ago)
Joe Black: So you understand the concept, Bill. Now multiply that by infinity, take that to the depths of forever, and you still barely have a glimpse of what I'm taking about.
Joe Black: Should you choose to test my resolve in this matter, you will be facing a finality beyond your comprehension, and you will not be counting days, or months, or years, but millenniums in a place with no doors.
– Submitted by Quincy J (4 years ago)

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