Meet Joe Black

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Meet Joe Black is pretty to look at and benefits from an agreeable cast, but that isn't enough to offset this dawdling drama's punishing three-hour runtime.

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Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), businessman and devoted family man, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. However, before he reaches that landmark, he is visited by Death (Brad Pitt), who has taken human form as Joe Black, a young man who recently died. Joe and Bill make a deal: Bill will be given a few extra days of his life, and Joe will spend the same time getting to know what it's like to be human. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Joe falls in love -- with Bill's daughter.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (27)

  • A savory, extralong feature whose obvious plotlines unfold with an almost painful slowness that somehow makes them deeper.

    October 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I've never encountered such dramatic flatulence, never heard so many pregnant silences that don't deliver, never watched so many close-ups that graze on actors' faces until every last trace of expression has been devoured.

    October 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Pitt, who is not asked to do much more here than behave alternately like a robot, a bashful boy and a moron, fulfills his modest tasks with aplomb. When he has to act, though, he fares less well.

    October 26, 2020 | Full Review…
  • You just feel like you're dragging a set of dumbbells around with you while you're watching it.

    February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    Paul Tatara

    CNN.com
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  • Meet Joe Black is sometimes clever and enjoyable, even touching, yet too often the film makes you feel as if you're in Sunday school.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • What might have been an effective fantasy if handled with sophistication and insouciance is instead weighed down by ponderous pacing, overstuffed production values and an instance of miscasting.

    July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Meet Joe Black

  • Oct 23, 2013
    Far longer than it needs to be, and pretty silly at times, but unforgettable and fascinating. There's nothing out there like this film. It's a great look into the human mind and how it interacts with its environment, as shown in Pitt's almost childlike portrayal of Death. Good story, fantastic music and atmosphere...I just love how a lot of the scenes are set up in this film. Very unique.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    I I were just judging it's beautiful score, it would be a ten. If I had a brain? About a 5/10.
    Logan G Super Reviewer

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