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
Dean Essner - 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
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
...a waste of 100 million dollars and the talent of great actors...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
American women are either bitches, whores, or semivirginal nymphs who need the protection of a manly man.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
A reasonably satisfying summer blockbuster, with all the flaws and virtues that come with that label.
Michael Dequina - Movie Poop Shoot
Relatively silly and far too long disaster movie.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
It's loud, full of computer effects, and sort of annoying.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
...as a summer popcorn flick, the film has its moments and is ultimately enjoyable, even though the fate of the planet seems to take a backseat plotwise to the fate of Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck's goo-goo-eye-making.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Armageddon is far from boring, but it's chock-full of explosions and loud noises, which becomes annoying in a hurry.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
In a dismal summer for popcorn movies, this epic may be the silliest but still looks like the best shot.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
It is impossible to take a movie like this seriously. Unfortunately, the movie tries to force us to do just that a few times too many.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Don't come out puling and whining that you wanted a movie more about the human side of the story, because they tried that and screwed it up. It was called Deep Impact.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
In the end, the script is probably the only true thing that I felt was lacking.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Rent The Right Stuff and watch a real movie by real artists about real heroes.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
It's time for some silly summer fun in Armageddon as Bruce Willis and Co. kick some asteroid tail.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Why did I enjoy a film that has numerous plot holes, too many explosions, and the IQ of a house plant?
Ted Prigge - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
It sure makes an ugly mess.
Bob Graham - San Francisco Chronicle
...this film reaches its real dramatic power because it embroils us in deeper issues of heart and spirit.
Cornell & Petricelli - CinemaSense.Com
Yet while the movie's emotions grow a bit gentler, they remain as forced and artificial as ever, pushing market-tested buttons - heroics, patriotism, family values - with a monotony that denies us any chance to think or even feel for ourselves.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
For some reason, even though the asteroid is "as big as Texas", they only need to drill 800 feet to get to the very center.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews
In several shots, the poor, deprived, unskilled and timid folks of Europe, Asia and Africa pray for the brave Yanks to save their butts.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
What's really invigorating about Armageddon is that it's a true adventure film.
John Paul Powell - Jam! Movies
Never let it be said that Armageddon errs on the side of subtlety
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
...a nacho-munching, popcorn-eating cheese-fest of special effects, fun and 144 minutes of brainless entertainment.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Jeffrey Lyons - Lyons Den
This is a tedious, tiresome embarrassment and is without question the worst movie I've seen in two years.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Oz - eFilmCritic.com
For all the uneven visceral enjoyment that it's worth, Touchstone Pictures proudly presents Armageddon: a blockbuster a la carte.
Scott Renshaw - Scott Renshaw's Screening Room
You know you're in trouble when Deep Impact dwarfs your asteroid movie in terms of emotion and scope.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
Even worse is the wildly overrated Affleck, whose failings as an actor become glaringly obvious here.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
This sci-fi special is clearly no intelligentsia brain-teaser.
Dean Essner - E! Online
The summer thrill ride movie is becoming as much of a 4th of July tradition as the picnic and the fireworks.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Armageddon is the ultimate summer movie, and as such should be taken for what it is.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
For sheer escapist entertainment, it is quite successful. On the other hand, there are a few too many angles from which to attack this film - science, depth, originality, editing - you name it.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Michael Bay's movie is frenetic from start to its conclusion two-and-one half long hours later, leaving the audience scarcely a moment to catch its breath.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve