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Armageddon

Armageddon (1998)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 25

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Movie Info

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

Jan 5, 1999

$201.6M

Buena Vista

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All Critics (116) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (70) | DVD (28)

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The special effects are the best that $150 million can buy and the script plays like a near-afterthought.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The end of the world is going to be very noisy and filled with some of the worst dialogue ever.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Armageddon peels your eyelids back and blows your eardrums out until rational analysis is moot.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

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.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

If you've seen any of a dozen similar disaster movies, you know how it all turns out.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Of course, the special effects are dazzling.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Armageddon

Michael Bay's mindless, brain numbing action extravaganza does it's job by entertaining but is a guilty pleasure at best.
May 2, 2014
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Too melodramatic and out of place. Michael Bay's apocalyptic picture only provides somewhat-fascinating visual with a stale plot and uninspiring cast. This film is negative in so many ways, that's enjoyable and entertaining just to joke at. 3/5
July 24, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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Great popcorn flick that's very tense in places and quite moving at the end, its also a possible reality check.
Second best Bay film after 'The Rock' for me and his biggest hit I think, certainly blasted him into the stratosphere no pun intended hehe. the visuals here are brilliant, really cool looking and believeable in places from the machines to the suits. Its not totally genuine looking of course, it has that kind of 'Batman Forever' quality to it, big, shiny, in your face but somehow cool looking even though it shouldn't be.
The cast is another great line up, Bay seems to be able to get these teams together and they all gel well which equal some unique characters...Wilson, Duncan, Buscemi and Patton being the best.

Brilliant scenes in space, very tense and some admittedly lump in the throat inducing as the film goes on, you really do feel for them as they struggle against the odds. The best scene for me is the recruiting sequence at the start where all the misfits are gathered together for the job haha then you got the fast track training, so so good. Dead pan Thornton plays the game well in those scenes :)
The beginning may be better than the space action actually, the motley crew really shine in those early scenes and you have fun with these relaxed sequences...before the impending doom.

Very good all the way, your typical blockbuster with every cliche and stereotype you can muster plus some good old 'God Bless America' slapped on top just incase you forget America always saves the world...always. Really challenges 'Independence Day' for that all American Stars n Stripes baloney but there isn't any Presidential action in this film sooooo. The fact its based on true possibilities makes it even better, gives you something to think about on the way home.
May 11, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

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 drama film gets.
March 24, 2012
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

    1. A.J. Frost: Is this supposed to be like this ?
    2. Oscar Choi: Don't worry. This is normal.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (17 days ago)
    1. Rockhound: Hey, guys, remember, we're, we're heroes now. So that incident with me and the gun on the asteroid? Let's keep that under wraps all right.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (10 months ago)
    1. Lev Andropov: Welcome home, astronauts.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (10 months ago)
    1. Rockhound: This is so much fun, it's freaky.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (10 months ago)
    1. Col. William Sharp: We have visual of the target, Houston.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (10 months ago)
    1. Lev Andropov: I am not gas station. This is sophisticated laboratory.
    – Submitted by Dmitry V (10 months ago)
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