Hitman Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 16, 2008
A thoroughly entertaining experience.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 3, 2007
As far as it being a video game, I was in the theater and I was trying to work the remote control to close the curtains and turn the sound down.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 29, 2007
There's a cool opening credits sequence, but beyond that 'Hitman' doesn't make much sense, is encumbered by clunky dialogue, some amateurish performances and clichéd set-pieces we've seen umpteen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 26, 2007
The only thing Hitman succeeds in doing is confirming what common sense could tell you without spending millions of dollars on a special-effects-filled movie: A series of novels is much richer source material than a series of video games.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 24, 2007
If someone ran this guy through a scanner, the readout would say: "Mark down and stock in straight-to-video aisle."
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 21, 2007
Massive illogic abounds throughout the video-game-based thriller Hitman, starting with the opening, which posits a mysterious organization 'so secret no one knows it exists,' even though it somehow maintains 'ties to every government.'
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2007
In the finest tradition of adolescent identification figures, he's not only ruthless, dispatching numerous baddies with hair-trigger shots to the head, but profoundly desexualized.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2007
Hitman stands right on the threshold between video games and art. On the wrong side of the threshold, but still, give it credit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 21, 2007
Hitman is one of the best movies ever made from a video game, which doesn't provide you with very much information. That's like declaring the best meal you've eaten at a strip club, or the best love ballad by Kenny Loggins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 21, 2007
The plot of Hitman is difficult to follow and in any case secondary to the sheer spectacle of murder and mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
November 21, 2007
Fans of good movies will find it laughably silly and shot through with bad dialogue that someone should pay the price for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 21, 2007
A lousy picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 21, 2007
As cold as it is dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2007
Ultra-violent, nonsensical and peppered with gratuitous nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 21, 2007
While Hitman is decidedly more watchable than Resident Evil and most previous video-game movies, it shares its forerunners' lack of interest in storytelling or logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2007
Efficiently derivative, mildly stylish, sporadically sexy and eminently forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 21, 2007
There have been plenty of movies adapted from video games before, but Hitman may be the first one that actually feels like a computer wrote and directed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kelley L. Carter
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2007
Here's all you really need to know before the opening credits roll in Hitman: There's going to be a lot of bloodshed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2007
The formula is not that far removed from James Bond except there's a hole at its center. Agent 47, played by a virtually expressionless Timothy Olyphant, is a soulless, emotionally dead protagonist.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 21, 2007
Based on the video game franchise of the same title, Hitman exploits every action-flick cliché imaginable and still manages to be dull.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 20, 2007
A Bourne knock-off, and not a very good one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tim Ryan
Variety
November 20, 2007
A Eurotrashy vidgame knockoff that misses its target by a mile. Numbingly unthrilling as it lurches from one violent encounter to another, the pic's dark roots in an electronic, non-dramatic medium are plain to see.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 20, 2007
All a goof. Revealing the pragmatic side of the CG-assisted filmmaker, [director] Gens makes a movie that seems entirely computer generated.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4