The Big Hit
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Kirk Wong directed this comedy actioner about mild-mannered, beleaguered hitman Melvin Smiley (Mark Wahlberg), who very much wants to be liked. However, the naive Mel is being taken advantage of by both his girlfriends and associates (who cheat him out of his bonuses). Mel and his "Odd Squad" -- Cisco (Lou Diamond Phillips), Crunch (Bokeem Woodbine), Vince (Antonio Sabato Jr.), and Gump (Robin Dunne) -- work for Paris (Avery Brooks), head of an international crime cartel and a contractor for hit jobs. Mel's mistress Chantel (Lela Rochon), who views him as a meal ticket, lives… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Big Hit is nothing more, or less, than a big goof."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
"In its non-A-list way, The Big Hit is the most successful attempt yet to transfer the Hong Kong action movie to Hollywood."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"The script, by rookie writer Ben Ramsey, is among the most disgraceful screenplays ever to be produced by a major studio."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If you often find yourself defending the types of movies offered by Jerry Bruckheimer and Joel Silver, here's an affably dumb little action/comedy that should easily hold your attention."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Unfortunately, despite a promising premise, the film never manages to be much more than an adolescent exercise in caricatures, so inappropriately broad in its humor that it almost makes Airplane look like a documentary."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"...crude and bloody but effective action comedy..."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Score it big-time inane but a load of fun."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Big Hit should be titled The Big Miss. That?s a really bad pun, but it?s better than anything in this movie."
‑ Blake French,
"...a confused mess..."
‑ , Film Threat
"Muito estilo para pouco conte˙do."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"As low- intelligence entertainment goes, this film is very much a hit-and-miss affair."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The characters in these movies exist in a Twilight Zone where thousands of rounds of ammunition are fired, but no one ever gets shot unless the plot requires him to. The bullets have read the screenplay."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This frantic black comedy is one long obscure joke."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Aside from everything else it does, The Big Hit proves that any subject matter can be funny, in the right hands."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"...vacant and ill-conceived..."
‑ Danny Leigh, Sight and Sound
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