Armageddon Reviews

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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.
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
June 6, 2014
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.
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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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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.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
June 6, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
June 6, 2014
The loved-up subplot is a low point but, within such an expert thrill ride, it's not the end of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Green III
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 6, 2014
Of course, the special effects are dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly
June 6, 2014
Armageddon -- slick, overblown and formulaic to its core -- nevertheless amounts to this season's closest screen equivalent to an apocalyptic thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
August 31, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 30, 2010
It's noisy, glossy, and excessive, and more than a tad simplistic -- but it's also nearly irresistible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
April 24, 2010
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Not awful.
Jon Popick
January 7, 2009
That said, Armageddon is still good. Well, maybe good isn't the right word. It is very entertaining and even features (gulp) a female in a sort of important role.
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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.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
A Godzilla-sized blockbuster -- it's an outrageous spectacle, without many brains to speak of, but its heart in the right place.
| Original Score: B
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Tenso e com bons efeitos visuais, o filme funciona como diversão (apesar dos clichês).
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
It won't get bigger, slicker, glossier or more fun this summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
I just think these guys should learn you can tell a story with more subtlety over two and a half hours than they do over three minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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