Starring: Bruce Willis, Steve Buscemi, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Peter Stormare, Owen Wilson

Directed by: Michael Bay

Produced by: Touchstone Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Valhalla Motion Pictures

Distributed by: Touchstone, Buena Vista

Genre: action/adventure

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Review by Xibo Date seen: July 4, 1998
Viewing Location: Secaucus Grade: B
Summary: It was worth it just to see Manhattan destroyed.
The first fifteen minutes of this film have the best over-the-top special effects I have ever seen. From the beginning we're told not to take the film too seriously, as a man's dog attacks a collection of godzilla dolls right before the 6' godzilla baloon is hit by a meteor. Watching New York get pounded by a meteor shower was the most impressive display of special effects I've ever seen, even though other films have tried destroying New York this year. The rest of the film drags out too long. It's a combination of "The Wrong Stuff" as they train the drillers, and "Lost in Space" as they play drama on the asteroid. There's simply too many last-minute-saves and too many "heart-strings" being yanked for the whole thing to work right. I yawned a lot in several places, and the whole film was about two and a half hours.  

B- B- B-
Review by Nightfall Date seen: July 4, 1998
Viewing Location: theater in Norman Grade: B-
Summary: BOOM POW KABLAM animal cracker
Rent it. But FAST FORWARD PAST THE ANIMAL CRACKER SCENE. It's just too disturbing (and poorly, poorly acted). The action was good. If Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck could be digitally removed from the film, the acting would be, too. Don't see it on a small system; the sound and visuals rock (hyuk, get it).  

C+ C+ C+
Review by smeehrrr Date seen: January 27, 2000
Viewing Location: The Evil Empire Grade: C+
Summary: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn
Bruce Willis plays the leader of a gang of wacky oil-drilling misfits who are tapped by NASA to save the world. Along the way there's some stupid love story between Liv Tyler and Ben Affleck, and far, far too much Aerosmith music. This might have played better in a theater than it did on TV - I imagine the sound at least was pretty cool. 

D+ D+ D+
Review by hughjtoad Date seen: February 5, 2000
Viewing Location: New Orleans, LA Grade: D+
Summary: story/dialog created as they went along
We saw this and Deep Impact about the same time. Deep Impact, while somewhat sappy in parts, is a great film. Armaggedon sucks. The only good thing about it was (seeing it in a hotel room) we were able to make fun of it the entire time. This kind of waste of money and time is just nauseating. When you wish Steve Buscemi were NOT in a movie, it's a bad sign.  

Review by tmon Date seen: March 6, 2000
Viewing Location: NYC Grade: B
Summary: Melodramatic
Nice spfx. Too weepy at parts. It's hard for a movie to stand out like this with the glut of whole-earth disaster movies in the last two years. 

Review by Z Date seen: December 14, 2000
  Grade: D
Summary: stupendously dumb 'hero movie'
This kind of movie firmly belongs in the 'hero movie' category, with the fate of entire countries/lands/universes in the hands of our protagonists. Guns of Navarone it ain't. Loud, bombastic, ridiculous, excessive, and completely nonsensical, Armageddon ranks as one of the worst of the genre. Deep Impact was a far superior movie, and not just because it had characters a million times more believable. 

A+ A+ A+
Review by JuGgAlO_ChIcK Date seen: January 30, 2001
Viewing Location: Perth, Australia Grade: A+
Summary: my faveourite movie!
The special FX in this movie is just undescribable. Willis, Thornton, Tyler, and Affleck, and the rest of the amazing cast put on a great performance. The emotion and procedures of what NASA would go through to save the planet from a huge comet in 18 days is just way cool! And the emotions that the astronauts go through is so realistic. I ended up crying afterwards, due to the emotions involved, and the reality that a comet coming into connact with Earth is that it will happen, eventually. The asteroid, since no one has actually landed on an astroid, is a pretty awesome display. It is probably very realistic to the real thing! See it! You have to. You'll be crazy if ya don't, honestly. And while you rent the movie, grab extra boxes of Kleenex tissues. You'll need them 

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