(1998)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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70
The New York Times
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
ReelViews
Unfortunately, an A-list group of actors doesn't mean a lot when there isn't much of a script.
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
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.
60
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.
50
To its credit, the movie eschews cheap dramatics, but at times it eschews dramatics altogether.
50
This Paramount-DreamWorks collaboration, with Stephen Spielberg credited as executive producer, is competently made, strongly focused on its characters' relationships and surprisingly light on special effects.
40
A three-hankie weeper in disaster-movie drag, and its tear-jerking bull's-eyes are separated by long stretches of tedium.
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.

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