75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie contains elements that make it very good, and a lot of other elements besides. Less is more.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Meet Joe Black flows nicely, and the whole of the film is bathed in some of the most sumptuous cinematography (courtesy of "Like Water for Chocolate's" Emmanuel Lubezki) of the year.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Sometimes clever and enjoyable, even touching, yet too often the film makes you feel as if you're in Sunday school.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Ultimately, the movie is a perfect mirror of its star -- looks great, seems empty.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
It doesn't pay to look too closely at this sumptuous fantasy, but if you're in the right mood to let it wash over you it's very warm and fizzy indeed.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's not just that Pitt's performance is bad. It hurts.
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50

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
You feel the full weight of the movie's three hours, since the filmmakers only had 90 minutes' of plot.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Brest deserves credit for letting the story unfold at a thoughtful pace, but the drama falls apart in the last half-hour, gushing with exaggerated emotions and abandoning its fairy-tale premises for an unconvincing feel-good finale.
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38

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A movie about death that stubbornly refuses to come to life.
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38

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Meet Joe Black has the dubious distinction of being the longest film to date of 1998. It is also one of the most tedious and bombastic.
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43 out of 100
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