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A henpecked husband locked in a dead-end job attempts to reclaim his life with a little help from a self-assured teen and a pretty lingerie sales girl in this bittersweet romantic comedy starring Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, and Jessica Alba. Bill (Eckhart) is a walking doormat; his in-laws look down their noses at him, his wife, Jess (Banks), neglects him, and his love for chocolate is beginning to affect his waistline. When Bill discovers that Jess has recently struck up a "friendship" with hotshot local reporter Chip Johnson (Timothy Olyphant) that she can't quite explain,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story of a man (Aaron Eckhart) grappling with middle-age ennui at work and at home feels done to death, as does the distracting addition of a spunky rich-kid high schooler."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Male midlife crisis presents as pathological self-loathing in Meet Bill, an imperative to which the only sane response is: No thanks."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Discovering your real self is the theme of Meet Bill, in which Bill has to work hard to finally meet himself"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Not awful or offensive, but pretty weak broth nonetheless."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Takes scattershot aim at all manner of appropriate targets-the vapid nature of local television news, the perceived stigma of standing out from the pack in America, the dilemma of dreams deferred and abandoned-but rarely hits the comic bull's-eye."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"It tries hard to mimic the arch tone of the best suburban tragicomedies (American Beauty, et al.), but a surfeit of stock characters, double-wide plot holes and heavy-handed symbolism ruins the effect."
‑ Julia Wallace, L.A. Weekly
"Even a hilarious turn by Kristen Wiig as the owner of a doughnut company can't save this clichéd, meandering story from playing like American Beauty lite."
‑ Loren Lankford, Entertainment Weekly
"Not even a solid performance can keep the script's problems at bay."
‑ David Cornelius,
"As the movie goes on, you actually end up rooting for this schmuck to take charge of his life, and in a way, the movie is sort of inspiring."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Clunky and smug, Meet Bill isn't convincing for one moment."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This movie never should have seen the light of day."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Meet Bill misfires on multiple levels, but its foremost mistake is focusing on a sad-sack underachiever. Bill doesn't believe in himself, so why should we?"
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It doesn't take long for Bill to suddenly veer off course into total impenetrability, where the characters become a blur, the hacky visual poetry is rolled out, and the plot drops dead."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"For those whose idea of hilarity is an adult and a kid throwing fireworks at each other, then getting stoned and playing piggyback in the mall, this movie should be a refreshing tonic."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...basically entertaining yet entirely forgettable."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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