Meet Joe Black (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Meet Joe Black1998

Meet Joe Black (1998)



Critic Consensus: 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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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.

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Brad Pitt
as Joe Black
Anthony Hopkins
as William Parrish
Claire Forlani
as Susan Parrish
David S. Howard
as Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller
as Jamaican Woman
Jahnni St. John
as Jamaican Woman's Daughter
Diane Kagan
as Jennifer
Gene Canfield
as Construction Foreman
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
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 (49) | Top Critics (13)

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

October 26, 2020 | Full Review…

To call the three-hour-long "Meet Joe Black" leaden would do an injustice to lead.

October 26, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | 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 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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-

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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