Meet Joe Black

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5.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 97
  2. Negative: 34 out of 97

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  1. LisaV.
    Aug 11, 2004
    0
    I watched this movie ages ago but still deem it necessary to rate it. If I hadn't been with a group of people I would have walked out of the theater screaming. I don't want anyone else to lose 3 hours of their life for this film. Atrociously stilted dialogue drags the scenes together. Pitt is an excellent actor provided the material is good...if he has to work too hard it's I watched this movie ages ago but still deem it necessary to rate it. If I hadn't been with a group of people I would have walked out of the theater screaming. I don't want anyone else to lose 3 hours of their life for this film. Atrociously stilted dialogue drags the scenes together. Pitt is an excellent actor provided the material is good...if he has to work too hard it's a lost cause. The only time I didn't want to gauge out my eyes was when Hopkins was on screen...but alas...it wasn't enough..not even worth a rent unless you can watch it in another language. Expand
  2. PatC.
    May 5, 2004
    2
    Unbelievably tedious. It just goes to show that Death is dead. What else could he be.
  3. Beercan
    Jan 12, 2005
    2
    It's a good thing Brad Pitt got lucky with Fight Club and Ocean's Eleven, because this elephantine monstrosity damn near shot his career in the head and left it for dead in a dirty parking lot. Pitt is so embarrassing in Meet Joe Black that I actually felt bad for him. He looks puzzled at how to play his character and seems to be looking beseechingly at director Martin Brest for It's a good thing Brad Pitt got lucky with Fight Club and Ocean's Eleven, because this elephantine monstrosity damn near shot his career in the head and left it for dead in a dirty parking lot. Pitt is so embarrassing in Meet Joe Black that I actually felt bad for him. He looks puzzled at how to play his character and seems to be looking beseechingly at director Martin Brest for some kind of guidance, but Brest apparently ignored him and concentrated on the sets instead. The scene where Pitt comforts an old Carribbean woman in a hideous accent is one of the most uncomfortable sights in all of cinema. Meanwhile, while Pitt and his nonsensical character babble endlessy about peanut butter, Brest fills the screen with eye candy and a lovely score, which - along with Anthony Hopkins' sold work - constitutes the only good things about this fiasco. Unfortunately, there wasn't any money left for an editor, because Meet Joe Black is almost 177 years long. Avoid, avoid, avoid. I can't stress this enough, folks. Collapse
Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Meet Joe Black takes an interesting idea--Death assumes human form and comes to earth to learn about human existence--and reduces it to a flat, uninspired, interminably slow movie.
  2. Sometimes clever and enjoyable, even touching, yet too often the film makes you feel as if you're in Sunday school.
  3. 60
    Meet Joe Black is a hefty three hours long, and just so you know, it is at least two before Claire Forlani, as the Parrish daughter, Susan, unbuttons Pitt's shirt.