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An asteroid the size of Texas is heading directly toward Earth at 22,000 mph. NASA's executive director, Dan Truman, has only one option - to send up a crew to destroy the asteroid. He enlists the help of Harry S. Stamper - the world's foremost deep core oil driller - and Stamper's roughneck team of drillers to land on the asteroid, drill into its surface, and drop a nuclear device.

Actors: Bruce Willis , Billy Bob Thornton , Ben Affleck , Liv Tyler , Will Patton , Steve Buscemi , William Fichtner , Michael Clarke Duncan , Peter Stormare , Owen Wilson
Directors: Michael Bay
Country: USA
Release: 1998-07-01
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  • David Ansen

    Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    It looks like a TV ad, or 200 of them strung together, with the same kind of gaudy virtuosity, lavish technique and expensive self-mockery tinging every shot.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The movie is ridiculous, but since the special effects are really quite impressive, that seems a small point.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Armageddon is awesome, dude, but it's, like, short on awe.

    Slate Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    It might make you tense, it might make you nauseous, and its clangorous roar could well give you a migraine headache.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Daphne Merkin

    The surprisingly witty script was worked on by a squadron of writers, including Robert Towne.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Armageddon is a testosterone and adrenaline cocktail, with almost no intelligence added for flavoring.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Ron Wells

    Sometimes the movie can't decide whether to tug REALLY HARD at the heart strings, or make you laugh at the zany oil riggers.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    When it's all over, you can't remember if you've been watching a movie or just a jumbo-sized coming attraction.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Trying to pick faults with a sound-and-spectacle juggernaut like Armageddon is like taking an ant gun to an elephant: All the movie's staggering conventional weaknesses -- ludicrous plot, weak characterization, incomprehensible staging and ambient racket -- are irrelevant.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Yes, it's a testosterone cocktail, but at least it doesn't leave you feeling as though you've been tumbled around in a gem polisher for two-and-a-half hours.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Elvis Mitchell

    The actors mark time, and the gung-ho heroics on display are embarrassingly hollow.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Bay directs Armageddon in a way that seems more concerned with constantly assaulting the senses than anything else, hoping perhaps that the quick cuts and constant explosions will distract from his film's many flaws.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Armageddon may sell tickets, thanks largely to a high-powered marketing machine that's been conducting its own countdown for the past several months. But it's not a pretty picture.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    There are barrages of fast cuts to distract us from the fact that the director is showing us no real action.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Much of the confusion, as well as the lack of dramatic rhythm or character development, results directly from Bay's cutting style, which resembles a machine gun stuck in the firing position for 2 and a half hours.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Not wishing to spoil the fun -- pretty hard to come by anyway in this 1998 blockbuster's 150 minutes -- I won't tell you the outcome, but I'll wager you can guess.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    So predictable it could have been written by a chimp who's watched too much TV, the huge movie is as dumb as it is loud, and it's way too loud.

    Washington Post Full Review
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