Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    The movie is ridiculous, but since the special effects are really quite impressive, that seems a small point.
  4. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Armageddon is awesome, dude, but it's, like, short on awe.
  5. It might make you tense, it might make you nauseous, and its clangorous roar could well give you a migraine headache.
  6. Reviewed by: Daphne Merkin
    The surprisingly witty script was worked on by a squadron of writers, including Robert Towne.
  7. 67
    It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass.
  8. 63
    Armageddon is a testosterone and adrenaline cocktail, with almost no intelligence added for flavoring.
  9. Reviewed by: 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.
  10. Reviewed by: 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.
  14. The actors mark time, and the gung-ho heroics on display are embarrassingly hollow.
  15. 40
    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.
  16. Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.
  17. 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.
  18. 25
    An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.
  19. There are barrages of fast cuts to distract us from the fact that the director is showing us no real action.
  20. Reviewed by: 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 0
    How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways.
  23. 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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 162 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 14 out of 44
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    You know those original blockbuster movies that have limitless fun and amazing scenes? Well, the space blockbuster "Armaggedon" is on the top list for the category. Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2012
    I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. I hate this movie. Wait- what do I think about this movie? Oh yeah. I hate this movie. Full Review »
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    There are worse disaster movies out there, but there are also shorter ones (the popcorn tends to run out about halfway through the film, and then what do you do from there?) Full Review »