Joe Versus the Volcano
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

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,… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 1990
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jason Bailey

It speaks to the commercial and critical success of Shanley's 1987 hit 'Moonstruck' that he was handed, by a major studio, the resources to make a movie as unapologetically weird as this one.

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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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Playwright John Patrick Shanley made his movie directing debut with this defiantly strange, totally under-appreciated, yet completely wonderful romantic comedy.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

An overlooked gem.

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Fred Topel

Excellent satire!

Henry Stewart
Brooklyn Magazine

Like Woody Allen's filmmaking evolution played out in reverse: it starts as smart, existential black comedy and ends in broad, zany caricature.

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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.

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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