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Meet Joe Black (1998)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

Glacially slow, uneventful.



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The cycle of life on Earth hangs in the balance when Death becomes emotionally involved in this romantic fantasy. William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is a tremendously wealthy and powerful man who oversees a worldwide multi-media empire. Despite the loss of his wife, whom he dearly loved, William is content with his life, and he's very close to his two daughters, Allison (Marcia Gay Harden) and Susan (Claire Forlaini). One night, as William is fighting a hostile takeover of his company and Allison

Apr 6, 1999

Universal Pictures

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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.

March 11, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Comments (3)
Spirituality and Practice

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

September 3, 2001 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

The latest masterpiece to fall victim to cynicism.

April 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

There's a solid 95-minute movie buried somewhere in here.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

El trabajo actoral de Brad Pitt como es una muestra de la incapacidad del director para aprovechar su talento

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Moviola

There's a decent two-hour movie buried within the three hours of Meet Joe Black, a classic instance of a filmmaker overvaluing his material beyond all good sense.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Brestian (adj.) Bloated, boring, and long-winded, as in "Meet Joe Black is Brestian in scope and to be avoided if you have a weak bladder."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A sleek, good-looking, and entertaining romance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The length does not completely dilute the involving core of the story.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Brest lets scene after scene ramble on and on, giving the picture a languid air... For everyone except the most fervent Pitt fans, this is Sominex Cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Meet Joe Black

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.
May 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

There is a good and a bad about this film. It has rich values, inspiration, and has some great performances by Pitt and Hopkins. The unfortunate is that this wonderful film had been stretched out so far that it looses it's value and becomes very slow and bland. A good film could have been great if it were condensed into 2 hours.
April 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

Okay, i thoroughly enjoyed this movie, i found it original and just a good storyline that i rather enjoyed.
I loved the beginning of this movie, i think Hopkins was a brilliant choice as william parish and i liked the mystery and wonderment at the beginning, where we arent sure as to what is really going on and the voice in his head is captivating and the mystery which helps hook you from the start.
Although the movie is rather long and i thought the story dragged a little towards the end it was very emotional and i was close to tears, i loved the way that in his final days he sets his affairs in order and makes everythng okay with his daughters.
This movie is worth the watch it is lovely funny drama.
January 28, 2011
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    1. William Parrish: Don't blow smoke up my ass, it will ruin my autopsy.
    – Submitted by Karen K (17 months ago)
    1. Susan Parrish: I wish you could've known my father.
    – Submitted by Justin H (20 months ago)
    1. Joe Black: Yes.
    – Submitted by Weston T (2 years ago)
    1. 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.
    2. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. Allison: Nevermind favorites, you're allowed to have one, the point is you've been mine.
    – Submitted by Denise J (2 years ago)
    1. William Parrish: [about love] I want you to get swept away out there. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish.
    2. Susan Parrish: Oh, that's all?
    3. William Parrish: Yeah. Be deliriously happy, or at least leave yourself open to be.
    – Submitted by Olivia B (2 years ago)
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