(1998)

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Metascore

Based on 20 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
Deep Impact confines much of its horror to television news reports and has a more brooding, thoughtful tone than this genre usually calls for.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Leder establishes a syncopated rhythm unlike anything we're used to in a catastrophe spectacle.
63
Chicago Sun-Times
You can enjoy the way they create little flashes of wit in the dialogue, which enlivens what is, after all, a formula disaster movie.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Deep Impact, a triple-strand ensemble disaster flick, 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.
60
Film Threat
While the film is flawed, lacks desperately needed humor and is filled with cliches, the attempt to explore the human cost of all those cool explosions and destruction is an admirable one.
60
The latest in Hollywood's almost biblical procession of disaster films, Deep Impact tries with moderate success to be more than just the sum of its special effects.
40
Deep Impact takes the high road and offers up more tearful reunions than actual fireballs and more egregious, sappy dialogue than you can shake a tsunami at.
30
Dallas Observer
The film is often unintentionally silly, and it might have been better if it tried to be.
20
Chicago Reader
Michael Tolkin and Bruce Joel Rubin's straightforward script and Mimi Leder's toneless direction make this attempt so boring that the titles counting down the months, weeks, and finally hours to impact are best used to gauge how soon the movie will be over.
10
L.A. Weekly
Mimi Leder shows none of the vigor she exhibited when directing for E.R., and screenwriters Michael Tolkin and Bruce Joel Rubin betray a real aptitude for hack work.

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