Armageddon Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 6, 2014
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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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2014
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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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 6, 2014
The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 6, 2014
The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 6, 2014
Armageddon peels your eyelids back and blows your eardrums out until rational analysis is moot.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly
June 6, 2014
Most of the time, Armageddon simply makes your head hurt.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
June 6, 2014
If you're going to blow up the world -- or advertise your intentions to do so -- you might as well have some laughs along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Daphne Merkin
New Yorker
June 6, 2014
Affleck demonstrates a sexy Paul Newmanish charm and is clearly bound for stardom.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 6, 2014
Bay directs Armageddon in a way that seems more concerned with constantly assaulting the senses than anything else, hoping perhaps that the quick cuts and constant explosions will distract from his film's many flaws.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 6, 2014
So predictable it could have been written by a chimp who's watched too much TV, the huge movie is as dumb as it is loud, and it's way too loud. Watching it is like putting your head in a tin washbucket while weightlifters whack it with golf clubs.
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Peter Rainer
New Times
June 6, 2014
[Bay's] movies are trailers for themselves. Every scene is all climax and no foreplay. When it's all over you can't remember if you've been watching a movie or just a jumbo-sized coming attraction.
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Ted Anthony
Associated Press
June 6, 2014
It's schlock, sure, but it's fun schlock with good performances and good special effects and a reasonably brisk script. It pushes all the right buttons in two formulas -- action-comedy and adventure.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 22, 2008
Bruce Willis saves the world but can't save "Armageddon."
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I must confess that at times I found myself rooting for the meteor to hit the Earth and put us all out of our misery.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This idiotic film is loud, boorish and smart enough to relish its own lunkhead bravado.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
There unquestionably is a lot of energy in Armageddon. But like the pieces of the asteroid that break off and spin harmlessly into space, much of it comes to naught.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
All the movie's staggering conventional weaknesses -- ludicrous plot, weak characterization, incomprehensible staging and ambient racket -- are irrelevant.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
June 5, 2001
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?
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
I hate Armageddon for what it is: the unholy spawn of The Dirty Dozen and Con Air.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Sporadically watchable, it's at its best at those infrequent moments when it doesn't take itself too seriously.
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It delivers the thrill-ride twists and turns, exciting but not surprising.
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January 1, 2000
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.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It sure makes an ugly mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Armageddon, as directed by Michael Bay, doesn't give a hoot about making a deep, humanistic impact on us. Or even a shallow one.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
...full of sound and fury but without a single new idea to add to the conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
There are many things to dislike about Armageddon, from its stunningly straight-faced Charlton Heston introduction to its casual contempt for the Greenpeace activists protesting the drilling of oil wells
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
...the latest in a line of increasingly-stupid action pictures that amazes audiences with flashy special effects and nifty action sequences, but leaves them high and dry in both the character and story departments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Save the planet, but spare us this movie.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A real movie about courage in space is Apollo 13, in which fear and sacrifice have meaning. This jingoistic, overblown spectacle is about whistling in the dark.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
...why couldn't the film have tapped into a more noble and stylish tradition? Why couldn't these men have been interesting instead of cartoons?
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
The only compelling lure is the special effects, which are sometimes impressive, sometimes transparent, yet somehow always inadequate to the apocalyptic task at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The movie opens with the destruction of Manhattan by meteor shower, and, midway through, Paris gets wiped out as well. Naturally, no one blinks an eye.
Full Review | Original Score: C