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Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide tradition. After astronomy students discover a comet-asteroid collision, an asteroid fragment "the size of the Super Dome" threatens. It's destroyed by a secret USA defense in space, but a large chunk veers off toward Singapore. With another asteroid "the size of Texas" en route, a plan is devised to send oil drillers to land on the asteroid and drop a nuclear device down a 1000-foot shaft, a scheme calculated to crack the asteroid into two halves, saving Earth. NASA begins a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"How does Armageddon, a movie obsessed with countdowns and countdown clocks, manage to redefine -- downward -- the standard for summer stupidity? Let me count the ways."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"The special effects are spectacular, even if the acting and script are patchy, but at two and half hours long, it overstays its welcome."
‑ , Film4
"It's such a thrill ride, in fact, that after its 2 1/2 hours of thrills, you're likely to feel more pummeled than entertained, which is just the point."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"It's strictly a side issue whether mankind will survive colliding with an asteroid the size of Texas; the real question is whether Liv Tyler, who plays Bruce Willis's daughter, gets to keep her boyfriend."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Armageddon peels your eyelids back and blows your eardrums out until rational analysis is moot."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"By the time Bay and Bruckheimer appropriate John F. Kennedy's image in their final small-town-America montage, it's clear their pomposity knows no limits."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Baltimore Sun
"Bay has simply botched the job. His action sequences, especially those on the asteroid, are impenetrable and chaotic. And the narrative, larded with the usual military double-cross, is preposterous."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Of course, the special effects are dazzling."
‑ Forrest Green III, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Just when you think you've had it with this movie, there comes a farcical, rock 'n' roll sort of comedy sequence, or a hilariously goofy line."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay are slick Hollywood operators who know exactly what they're doing: Armageddon's heart beats strongly, but it's pumping adrenaline rather than blood."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"If you've seen any of a dozen similar disaster movies, you know how it all turns out."
‑ Todd Anthony, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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