(1998)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 23 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
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.
67
It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass.
63
ReelViews
Armageddon is a testosterone and adrenaline cocktail, with almost no intelligence added for flavoring.
60
Sometimes the movie can't decide whether to tug REALLY HARD at the heart strings, or make you laugh at the zany oil riggers.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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.
50
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.
40
Los Angeles Times
Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.
38
Christian Science Monitor
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.
25
Chicago Sun-Times
An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.
25
There are barrages of fast cuts to distract us from the fact that the director is showing us no real action.
0
How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways.

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