Armageddon (1998)

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.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 1, 1998
DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News

The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Virtually nothing happens, and it happens at the most unrelenting speed.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Armageddon peels your eyelids back and blows your eardrums out until rational analysis is moot.

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The special effects are spectacular, even if the acting and script are patchy, but at two and half hours long, it overstays its welcome.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Back in 1998 after the first asteroid disaster porn flick, we got this second very different take on the same idea. The first movie 'Deep Impact' had… More
Scott Green
HOW this got a bad rating from Rotten Tomatoes i will never know, as you would never expect Bruce Willis to sacrifice himself. This is as pure as an action… More
Graham Jones
Michael Bay's mindless, brain numbing action extravaganza does it's job by entertaining but is a guilty pleasure at best.
Film Crazy
I love this movie! Its a brilliant movie, with a fantastic cast, you have Willis bringing his macho manlyness, Afflect bringing his nice guy act and then… More
Eugene Bernabe
Too melodramatic and out of place. Michael Bay's apocalyptic picture only provides somewhat-fascinating visual with a stale plot and uninspiring cast. This… More
Albert Kim
The only good scene in this movie is when Michael Bay destroys NYC but afterwards comes horrible dialogue, horrible acting, awful cinematography, and simply a… More