Meet Joe Black (1998)



Critic Consensus: Glacially slow, uneventful.

Movie Info

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.

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


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as Construction Foreman

as Electrician

as Drew's Secretary

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as Party Waiter

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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

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

A very interesting film that I found to be really cool, however not as great as I had expected, it was very long an got stupid at times.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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