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Deep Impact (1998)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is discovered headed toward Earth with the collision only one year away. Ambitious MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles onto the story, prompting a White House press conference. United States President Beck (Morgan Freeman) announces the government's solution: a team of astronauts will travel to the comet and destroy it. The team leader aboard the

Dec 15, 1998

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (27) | DVD (22)

a little too melodramatic

April 24, 2008

Disaster movies are trim and exciting or they're nothing, and Deep Impact isn't trim or exciting.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The joy of any catastrophe flick is watching the world that annoys you so much get its due.

September 11, 2005 Full Review | Comment (1)
Entertainment Asylum

Malignant and insensate, it's already too far gone for treatment.

January 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Sin intención artística, el guión logra su objetivo.

June 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Cinenganos

Unlike Armageddon, this film possesses a plot. Granted, it is the insipid plot of a made-for-TV miniseries, but at least it is an actual, tangible plot.

August 11, 2003

a crockful of hard-to-swallow melodrama... It would have been much more fun to drop in on the folks who elected to party like it's never gonna be 1999.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Parece que a diretora Mimi Leder realmente acreditou que seus personagens fossem interessantes, bem como a história. Não são.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A disaster film where some the lead characters practice kindness,courage and compassion in unique ways.

March 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

One could say Deep Impact is an above average action movie or an average drama...any movie with Morgan Freeman is president is OK by me.

October 24, 2001 Full Review

If you must ask for whom the bell tolls, you'll find the answer here.

April 2, 2001 Full Review Source:

Mimi Leder's end-of-the-world pic places intelligent human dramas -- how people really feel and react to life-threatening situations -- above predictable histrionics.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The characters they've chosen to focus on are so thin and uninteresting (and sometimes downright irritating), all you're left to root for is the comet's speedy arrival.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The direction and script is so confusing and so riddled with holes that you'll spend the hour after the movie discussing all of its problems with your date and friends.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

For all the money ($80 million) spent on this early mid-year entry, all you, the viewer, get is Dull Impact.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

The first of the '90s disaster films to successfully marry the advanced film technology with emotions that ring true.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Oceans rise, cities fall, subtlety dies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Somehow it works. Perhaps it's the balance that's struck between human heroism and the overwhelming power of nature.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Deep Impact

Released just two months before Armageddon, this film was made to make money. They took a common and popular idea and ran the cheesiest story possible but lacked any drama and empathy. A sham for Morgan Freeman.
September 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

Morgan Freeman calmly presides over the end of the world as yet another space rock threatens to eliminate us all w/o discretion. But what about the lives of the little people (?), and that's the story here until about 3 minutes of FX take over.
September 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

Deep Impact is what I would consider the better version of Armageddon. Where Armageddon failed, Deep Impact succeeded. This film though not perfect is an improvement over Michael Bay's dud. First off, the story is better and so is the acting. Second off, the casting decisions for this film are better, and the cast deliver good performances. Visually the film is appealing and the story is better than Armageddon. I felt that Deep Impact had more human drama than Armageddon, and overall it was a better film. The cast deliver great performances and the film is action packed with thrills and suspense. Deep Impact is a good film that is far better than one might think. The concept behind the plot is different than an asteroid hitting earth, as this time around it's a comet that threatens earth, but it works well. What I love about the film is that its smart enough and doesn't pulverize the viewer the way that Michael Bay's Armageddon does. The film has a much more detailed plot, a smarter premise and way better acting than Armageddon. Deep Impact is a terrific disaster film that will appeal to everyone who enjoys a good disaster yarn. A superbly told story that is a very much recommended and better than most disaster films.
June 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Robin Lerner: Daddy! (a primal scream)
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