Deep Impact Reviews

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May 8, 2019
It drags considerably, and mainstream action audiences are likely to find it tedious and undeniably old-fashioned.
June 26, 2018
The filmmakers want us to care about all these people, but we never really get to know them, and there is no sense of impending doom except when Leoni starts chugging martinis.
June 25, 2018
Deep Impact isn't especially deep, and the extent of its impact seems limited. But it does turn out to be a fairly involving movie.
June 25, 2018
Why isn't it scarier? Maybe its targets are too scattered, its final impact too shallow. Maybe director Mimi Leder couldn't locate the right overall tone. And maybe the two writers simply don't take the story very seriously.
June 25, 2018
When all is said and done, it is precisely such lackluster imitations of real life that prevent this lightweight melodrama from leaving any deep, or lasting, impact of its own.
June 25, 2018
These folks are so blase, you'd think that scientists had predicted pennies from Heaven instead of world's end within the year.
June 25, 2018
If director Mimi Leder is really guilty of anything, it's of wasting three first-rate actors in underdeveloped roles while allowing Leoni's shell-shocked, unconvincing turn to become an embarrassment.
June 25, 2018
The film is set up to be a ringing endorsement of the human species under pressure, but what comes across is something far less ennobling.
June 25, 2018
Unfortunately Morgan Freeman, the compassionate, helpless U.S. president, and Robert Duvall, an astronaut who finds he hasn't passed his prime, have less time on-screen than Tea Leoni, who's unconvincing as a journalist.
June 25, 2018
Director Mimi Leder admirably insisted on making the human relationships count for as much as the cheap thrills in this killer- comet movie. But the cheap thrills -- expensive thrills, actually -- are mostly what make Deep Impact fun to watch.
July 22, 2008
[Deep Impact] is spectacular enough in its cataclysmic scenes of the planet being devastated by an unstoppable fireball, but proves far from thrilling in the down time spent with a largely dull assortment of troubled human beings.
January 26, 2006
The first 40 minutes are the least bad.
June 18, 2002
To its credit, the movie eschews cheap dramatics, but at times it eschews dramatics altogether.
April 12, 2002
[Deep Impact] has a few good opening minutes, the biggest tidal wave you've ever seen in the closing minutes, and a cluster of little meandering melodramas in between.
February 14, 2001
It would be nice to say that all this effort has turned Deep Impact into a model for getting top-drawer scripts for special-effects movies, but that's not the case.
January 1, 2000
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January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
You can enjoy the way they create little flashes of wit in the dialogue, which enlivens what is, after all, a formula disaster movie.
January 1, 2000
In the end, it all comes down to caring about the characters and their circumstances, and I didn't.
January 1, 2000
Deep Impact confines much of its horror to television news reports and has a more brooding, thoughtful tone than this genre usually calls for.
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