Armageddon is as irresistible as it's indefensible.
What are people saying?
What are critics saying?
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.
The actors mark time, and the gung-ho heroics on display are embarrassingly hollow.
Director Michael Bay's filmmaking style is so frantic and frenetic that it's often impossible to figure out exactly what is happening.
The movie is ridiculous, but since the special effects are really quite impressive, that seems a small point.
It might make you tense, it might make you nauseous, and its clangorous roar could well give you a migraine headache.
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.
Bay doesn't stage scenes, exactly -- he stages moments.
How do I hate Armageddon? Let me count the ways.
Sometimes the movie can't decide whether to tug REALLY HARD at the heart strings, or make you laugh at the zany oil riggers.