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  • Summary: Based on the top-selling, award-winning videogame franchise, the HITMAN is a genetically-engineered, elite assassin known only as Agent 47. His hallmarks are a lethal grace, unwavering precision, and resolute pride in his work. But even 47 couldn't anticipate a "random equation" in his life of exactitude: the unexpected stirrings of his conscience and the unfamiliar emotions aroused in him by a mysterious Russian woman. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 11 out of 22
  1. 75
    Hitman stands right on the threshold between video games and art. On the wrong side of the threshold, but still, give it credit.
  2. 70
    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, brushing off the insistent come-ons of a slinky prostitute (Olga Kurylenko) he's taken under his wing.
  3. As a movie on its own, it's simple monotony. Olyphant, affecting Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry voice, is about as menacing as Mr. Clean, and the action scenes - whether the weapons are fists, feet, swords or guns - fly past without any tension or suspense. Hitman is a miss.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    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.
  5. All the while, the music screams and clamors like an ignored child because director Xavier Gens and writer Skip Woods can't pump suspense into this inept mess.
  6. 30
    While Gens can splatter gore with the best of them -- early in the film, a human body packed with C4 goes off in graphic detail -- he fails to stage so much as a single rousing action scene, even when he has four double-fisted swordsmen facing off inside an abandoned subway car. Game over. The audience loses.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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, and unsuspecting gamers lured to theaters will soon wish they were back home participating in the action themselves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 77
  2. Negative: 15 out of 77
  1. Agent47Howell
    Mar 26, 2008
    i own hte movie and i think it is the best!! Timothy Olyphant did a great job portraying Agent 47. i even fing Timothy Olyphant very sexy with a a girl and i have my opinions! Expand
  2. JodieM.
    Dec 3, 2007
    I saw this film last night at my local cinema and i must say it is by far the best film i have seen for a long time! I couldn't think of anyone better than Olyphant for the lead roll. A supurb performance throughout. The only downside is i left the cinema wanting to see "Hitman 2" now! I shall be buying this the day its released, lets just hope it comes out on HB and now bluray. Go see it now! Expand
  3. Chris
    Apr 7, 2008
    The sheer intensity exuded by Olyphant and the emotional performance by the lovely Olga make this movie what it is. It was the interaction between the two: the way Agent 47 cared for her wellbeing and yet brutally disposed of the corrupt characters in such a cold, calm, and flawless manner. The two sides of his character were wonderfully played. It gives a glimpse into the life of 47... "How does a good man decide when to kill?" I've played all the games but I prefer the movie depiction of 47. The story could use some work, but it didn't ruin the movie for me. I'm buying the DVD! Expand
  4. J
    Jan 20, 2008
    Fast-paced and action filled, just what more can a gamer ask for. very entertaining and it did not disappoint.
  5. EvanJ.
    Feb 26, 2008
    Though I said seven, the movie actually warrants a 7.5, maybe even a 7.75. As far as just a movie goes, I found it to have a good story line, nicely played out action scenes, and characters that acted how they would in a game. I have played Hitman: Blood Money, and the awesomeness was what made me want to see the movie. I really think it takes a beyond spectacular movie to deserve a "10", so Hitman did admirably considering the limited scope of the games' worlds. I found some reviews to be harsh solely because the author disliked that it was based on a game, and one review I read in a newspaper completely misunderstood the plot. I feel some reviewers don't fully understand the kind of world 47 operates in as an assassin, and that lack of comprehension was because they hadn't played any of the games. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    It has a few eye-catching set pieces, but this video game adaptation takes more pleasure in cliche than actually crafting a worthwhile story.
  7. GeorgeC.
    Nov 24, 2007
    Not well advertised, I saw some of the posters, but they never gave much of this movie's detail and story in depth. Just a guy with a gun, it supposedly is a good action movie, I enjoyed it. But once i considered these reviews, 34/100!!! I started to agree in a way, but the story was good, action was good, but I think the main critical saying is that the acting sucked. Like you have to agree, they write a good script, direct it on stage, film it with a camera and get it over with. But the acting truly sucked, the genre was good, but this movie is a letdown, the acting affected the power of the script and direction, the good screenplay is wasted. Overall a low budget crap show. Expand

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