“It Will Happen Again”
“Cheesy, Gooey, Stupid. The Actors, During Their Slew Of Motivational Speeches, Forget That An Astroid Is About To Obliterate Earth. Deep Impact Was Better.”
“... Epic In Its Emotional Scope”
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Save the planet, but spare us this movie.
Mike Clark - USA Today
The movie is an assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
...full of sound and fury but without a single new idea to add to the conversation.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Bruce Willis saves the world but can't save "Armageddon."
Todd McCarthy - Variety
The only compelling lure is the special effects, which are sometimes impressive, sometimes transparent, yet somehow always inadequate to the apocalyptic task at hand.
John Hartl - Film.com
It delivers the thrill-ride twists and turns, exciting but not surprising.
Sean Means - Film.com
...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?
Tom Keogh - Film.com
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
Robert Horton - Film.com
- Globe and Mail
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?
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
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.
David Edelstein - Slate
...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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
...doesn't give a hoot about making a deep, humanistic impact on us.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
I hate Armageddon for what it is: the unholy spawn of The Dirty Dozen and Con Air.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Sporadically watchable, it's at its best at those infrequent moments when it doesn't take itself too seriously.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
An often loud, bright, irritating and occasionally intrusive film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A silly, noisy, overlong, star-driven popcorn movie about the end of the world
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The color-corrected Life magazine pictorial-style imagery and excessive use of slo-mo are far more annoying than they are easy on the eyes, and the hyperactive editing is unbearable. [Blu-ray]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's easy to be sucked in by all the glossy, nostalgic images that flash across the screen like some sort of psychological experiment, but like most of the director's other films, most is forgettable shortly thereafter.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
It's noisy, glossy, and excessive, and more than a tad simplistic -- but it's also nearly irresistible.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
...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.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Of all the Michael Bay films out there, Armageddon is the Michael Bayest.
Rob Vaux - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Rob Nelson - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
Jon Popick - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
This idiotic film is loud, boorish and smart enough to relish its own lunkhead bravado...
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A Godzilla-sized blockbuster -- it's an outrageous spectacle, without many brains to speak of, but its heart in the right place.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Where things fall apart are the scenes that try to put in characterisation, and, God help us, comic relief.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
Armabludgeon is like a roller coast--occasionally exciting, but in the end you've been taken for a long, nauseating ride.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
Tenso e com bons efeitos visuais, o filme funciona como diversao (apesar dos cliches).
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Resolute on violating every law of dramatic unity and physics, Armageddon makes Deep Impact look like a documentary.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
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.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
breathless and utterly brainless... makes the similarly themed and much more sentimental 'Deep Impact' look like 'Schindler's List' by comparison.
James Sanford - James Sanford on Film
Yes, in this film the honors-science students are obliged to sit back and watch as the shop class saves the world.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Not long into Armageddon's two-and-a-half-hour length I found myself thinking, "Let the planet go -- nothing is worth this aggravation."
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
A few daring antiheroes who have nothing to lose prove themselves up to the challenge of saving the world.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
one of the most calculating films of all of this year's blockbusters.
Brandon Judell - Entertainment Asylum
Do you ride rollercoasters for insight into your psyche? NO. Do you see Armageddon to be lambasted with great special effects, & incredible acts of derring-do? Yes, you do.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
...a pretty muddled piece of filmmaking.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A high-octane, rocket-propelled assault on the senses.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com