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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: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bruce Willis saves the world but can't save "Armageddon.""
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"I hate Armageddon for what it is: the unholy spawn of The Dirty Dozen and Con Air."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"While there's some crater-sized flaws if you want to be nit-picky, this is Bay's finest, earnestly entertaining film and an easy crowd pleaser."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"The color-corrected Life magazine pictorial-style imagery and excessive use of slo-mo are far more annoying than they are easy on the eyes, and the hyperactive editing is unbearable. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...this is a critic-proof crowd-pleaser that purposely intones God, Mom, and apple pie before pushing every other jingoistic, proto-patriotic button out there."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"This idiotic film is loud, boorish and smart enough to relish its own lunkhead bravado..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Sporadically watchable, it's at its best at those infrequent moments when it doesn't take itself too seriously."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An often loud, bright, irritating and occasionally intrusive film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's easy to be sucked in by all the glossy, nostalgic images that flash across the screen like some sort of psychological experiment, but like most of the director's other films, most is forgettable shortly thereafter."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Of all the Michael Bay films out there, Armageddon is the Michael Bayest."
‑ Rob Vaux, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Bay loves to place the camera in the path of meteors or pieces of spaceships or airborne cars. Did one of these projectiles conk him on his noggin? Is that why "Armageddon" is so utterly and thoroughly incompetent?"
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Along with the rest of the audience, I jumped when I was meant to jump, laughed when I was meant to laugh, and swallowed a lump in my throat when I was meant to feel moved."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A silly, noisy, overlong, star-driven popcorn movie about the end of the world"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's noisy, glossy, and excessive, and more than a tad simplistic -- but it's also nearly irresistible."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not awful."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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