Armageddon

Metascore
42

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23

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Critic Reviews

  1. 67
    It's big, it's stupid, it's pretty kick-ass.
  2. 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.
  3. 25
    An assault on the eyes, the ears, the brain, common sense and the human desire to be entertained.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 60
    When it's all over, you can't remember if you've been watching a movie or just a jumbo-sized coming attraction.
  7. Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.
  8. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    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.
  9. 70
    The movie is ridiculous, but since the special effects are really quite impressive, that seems a small point.
  10. Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.
  11. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    80
    Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
  12. 63
    Armageddon is a testosterone and adrenaline cocktail, with almost no intelligence added for flavoring.
  13. 0
    How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways.
  14. There are barrages of fast cuts to distract us from the fact that the director is showing us no real action.
  15. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    Armageddon is awesome, dude, but it's, like, short on awe.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The actors mark time, and the gung-ho heroics on display are embarrassingly hollow.
  19. The surprisingly witty script was worked on by a squadron of writers, including Robert Towne.
  20. 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.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    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.
  22. It might make you tense, it might make you nauseous, and its clangorous roar could well give you a migraine headache.
  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
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 233 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 62
  2. Negative: 15 out of 62
  1. Sep 18, 2011
    8
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  2. Jun 9, 2013
    5
    A pretty mediocre movie. Although saying that about a Michael Bay film is about as big a compliment as I can give him. Music is decent atA pretty mediocre movie. Although saying that about a Michael Bay film is about as big a compliment as I can give him. Music is decent at times. but just isn't all that thrilling. Full Review »
  3. Nov 7, 2012
    0
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