Joe Versus the Volcano
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

When hypochondriac Joe (Tom Hanks) discovers he has just six months to live, he jumps at a millionaire's offer of unlimited wealth--contingent on Joe's willingness to leap into an active volcano at the end of his life.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Cult classic with smoking, kissing, stereotypes.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The unredeemable result of Hollywood's total capitulation to the Spielberg/Lucas aesthetic of the 80s.

Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Joe's unfortunate prognosis and ensuing plight may be completely imagined, though his motivations and lessons are realistically applicable. Joe Versus the Volcano is a work meant to transcend, and it does so with poetic semblance.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

An overlooked gem.

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Fred Topel

Excellent satire!

Andrew Howe

An appealing film that defies simple categorisation.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A more fascinating mess you'll never find.

Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Somehow I can't hate this. Then again, I can't really like it, either.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A wild, weird, and wonderful adult fairy tale about a man who travels halfway around the world to discover why his life is still worth living.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Ahhh, the days of sweet youth! Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan look like high school kids in this little comedic trinket that waxes slightly philosophical. Starting… More
Tim Salmons
One of the few romantic comedies I can watch.
Manu Gino
An Average Joe. An Adventurous Comedy. Not so bad as it's said to be. The movie is probably too allegorical for most tastes, but this is a good tale about… More
Conner Rainwater
One of the most crazy ideas, but executed so gracefully. Tom Hanks is the most lovable guy out there and Meg Ryan the most lovable girl out there, naturally… More
Cassie Hill
Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks prove once again that they have incredible movie chemistry. Meg Ryan plays 3 astonishingly different women, Dee dee, the shy women, who… More
Jason Owens
"Joe Versus the Volcano" is a strange movie, but it is great. Joe Banks (Tom Hanks) isn't satisfied with his job or his life and on top of that… More