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.
PG-13 (for an accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language)
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Universal Pictures

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Brad Pitt
as Joe Black
Anthony Hopkins
as William Parrish
Claire Forlani
as Susan Parrish
Jake Weber
as Drew
David S. Howard
as Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller
as Jamaican Woman
Jahnni St. John
as Jamaican Woman's Daughter
Diane Kagan
as Jennifer
June Squibb
as Helen
Gene Canfield
as Construction Foreman
Suzanne Hevner
as Florist
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
Jim Taylor McNickle
as Boardmember
Hardy Phippen Jr.
as Boardmember
Stephen Adly Guirgis
as Hospital Receptionist
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 (37) | Top Critics (6)

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 2, 2001

The latest masterpiece to fall victim to cynicism.

Full Review… | April 28, 2001
Matinee Magazine

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999

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
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
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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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