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Meeting Evil (2012)


Average Rating: 2.6/10
Reviews Counted: 8
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 1
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 1


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 5,788


Movie Info

When John Fleton, a depressed suburban family man and recently fired realtor, offers to help a stranger, Richie, with his car, John is sucked into a surreal, nightmarish murder spree that forces him to question everything about his life, his mode of behavior, and the very nature of evil... -- (C) Magnolia

Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Thomas Berger
In Theaters:
Jul 24, 2012
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Meeting Evil

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (7) | DVD (1)

Writer-director Chris Fisher flirts with over-the-top exaggeration so often during Meeting Evil that auds might wish he'd gone all the way and dialed everything up to 11.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Top Critic

It features tons of poor decisions, from the overwrought and intrusive musical score to bad-joke one liners from the main characters down to the supporting ones. The worst decision either actor made was actually appearing in this awful film.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

A cheap slasher flick with some talented actors masking the banality with clever dialogue...

Full Review… | August 25, 2012

...just another hopelessly incompetent direct-to-video thriller...

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

If you don't mind style over substance, a bit of the old cat-and-mouse, and you enjoy watching Samuel L. Jackson making people squirm, then hop in, strap up, and hold on.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012

Samuel L. Jackson has fun chewing the scenery as a deranged killer in this otherwise formulaic thriller.

Full Review… | May 7, 2012

Chris Fisher so over-directs his material that the action takes on the sheen of a parody or, at least, of a film that doesn't realize its clichés are being exaggerated to the point of absurdity.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Slant Magazine

There's something about seeing Samuel L. Jackson with a gun and an attitude that promises more than this meager effort is willing to offer.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012

Audience Reviews for Meeting Evil

"This reminded me of the movie "Hit List", that I just watched recently. (This review will be full of spoilers. So if this is something you wanted to watch, then please do skip reading this.) The outcome is pretty similar too. Hit man comes to kill husband. Husband doesn't know, thinks he's stumbled upon a friend then WHAM!!! Surprise! He starts randomly killing people. Oh, and this guy has a mistress too. Except in the other movie, the wife had the something on the side. So the movie goes on with the 'Hit Man' killing spree until finally John-the husband, is taken home with psycho wifey with cops there to protect them from the 'Hit Man'. Of course we all know the 'Hit Man' is going to show up and start mayhem. So mayhem comes and it is revealed that, SURPRISE! Psycho wifey wanted you dead. So what does said husband do? Fights 'Hit Man' until he's dead then gets into bed with crazy wifey like shit didn't happen at all. WTF is wrong with the writer of these films? Who the hell is going to get into bed with the crazy bitch who had hired someone to kill them? Just crap. I can't believe I watched two movies doing the same shit. Pure garbage and the waste of talented actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Luke Wilson."


Super Reviewer


Evil comes knocking.

Not bad or great just average movie. I just finished watching the movie & it was the most boring, unauthentic movie I've watched in a long time. The main characters stumble from one unbelievable scenario into the next one, Luke Wilson's role always behaves strange and/or totally wrong and stupid plus the dialogs are shallow and far-fetched. The scenes flow doesn't make sense at all, nothing gets to be explained. The ending gives a little insight but doesn't really makes up to it.

The real estate agent John is down on his luck: he has been just fired from his job; his home has been sent into foreclosure; and his marriage is going downhill. On his birthday, his wife Joanie has an argument with him and she takes their children walking. Out of the blue, stranger Richie knocks on his front door and asks for help, since his car is not starting. John helps to push the car but hurts his leg, and Richie offers to take him to the hospital. Richie is inconvenient and along their journey, John realizes that the man is a psychopath killer that commits a spree killing everywhere they go. Then, Richie releases John on the road and tells him that he will pay a visit to Joanie and his children. Meanwhile, the police detectives Frank and his partner Latisha Rogers suspect that John is the serial-killer and they pressure Joanie to tell where John might be. Further, they discover that John and Joanie are cheating each other with a colleague and with a worker respectively.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


A dark thriller, Meeting Evil has an interesting story that's not particularly well told. After losing his job John Felton is picked up by a mysterious stranger and unwittingly drawn into his killing spree. Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leslie Bibb lead the cast, and their performances are fair enough for the material. However, the characters are rather shallow and aren't developed. The plot has some intrigue and goes in a few unexpected directions, but it's not able to maintain suspense for very long. Meeting Evil is oddly mundane for a noir thriller, due mostly to poor execution.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


A family man John Fleton (Luke Wilson) down and out on his luck, with his job and his relationship with his wife Joanie (Leslie Bibb) opens his door to a stranger in need of help for car trouble named Richie (Samuel L. Jackson) . Little did he know that his generosity in doing so would lead him to become entangled into Richie's lunatic violent killing spree. If Morgan Freeman can portray being God so well Samuel can sure play the devil when it comes down to insane dealings with morality. Richie has John so shaken up that he is forced to decide what acts he has to commit in order to maintain his sanity as well as protect his family. Pretty good suspenseful movie.

Fascade Fiveoneeight

Super Reviewer

Meeting Evil Quotes

I'm gonna slit his fucking throat!
– Submitted by Andrew K (21 months ago)
John Fleton:
I'm doin' everything I can.
What if that's not enough?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
All I do is kill people who are already dead.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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