Joe Versus the Volcano
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Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley's first foray into the director's chair is a quirky romantic fantasy, featuring Bo Welch's signature production design. Tom Hanks plays Joe Banks, a man who hates his job, thinks the overhead fluorescent lights are making him sick, and quakes at the presence of his boorish boss Frank Watori (Dan Hedaya). He is attracted to the office secretary DeDe (Meg Ryan) but is afraid to speak to her. Then his life changes when he visits Dr. Ellison (Robert Stack). Dr. Ellison tells Joe that he has something called "a brain… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cult classic with smoking, kissing, stereotypes."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"The unredeemable result of Hollywood's total capitulation to the Spielberg/Lucas aesthetic of the 80s."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"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."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Tom Hanks kneeling before the moon is one of the most moving moments in cinema. This is one of my favorite films."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"An overlooked gem."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Excellent satire!"
‑ Fred Topel,
"An appealing film that defies simple categorisation."
‑ Andrew Howe,
"A more fascinating mess you'll never find."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Somehow I can't hate this. Then again, I can't really like it, either."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"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."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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