The Big Hit

1998

The Big Hit

Critics Consensus

The Big Hit seeks to blend the best of Hong Kong and American action cinema, but ends up offering a muddled mush that mostly misses.

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this goofy-fun Hollywood-Hong Kong action comedy as a sweet-natured hit man who falls in love with a kidnapping hostage and ends up in a death struggle with a former partner.

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Critic Reviews for The Big Hit

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Audience Reviews for The Big Hit

  • Dec 04, 2014
    The action film satire The Big Hit delivers some good laughs but is a little too silly. In need of money to support his fiancee and a mistress mob hitman Melvin Smiley takes a side job kidnapping the daughter of a wealthy businessman, but things go sideways when she turns out to also be the goddaughter of his mob boss. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Lou Diamond Phillips, Christina Applegate, and Avery Brooks, the cast is pretty strong, but the performances are uneven and cartoonish. However, some blame has to go to the script, which is poorly written and full of problems. Yet the over-the-top craziness works in the film's favor at times, and is kind of fun. The Big Hit has its moments, but it doesn't really come together in the end.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2012
    I've been a fan of this film ever since it was first released, and now that I'm going through my collection, it's great to revisit this film. Guilty pleasure is my only real explanation here. You will either quietly like it, or hate it. It is John Woo inspired, so the action films are 11 and logic is thrown to the wind. I'm actually surprised to find the low scores. The film is fun and borderlines slapstick, that makes for an odd mixture of dark humour. Great character chemistry and I think that's why I enjoy it so much. Philips is effective in a very scene chewing role and the film is better for having him. 14/09/2019
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  • Apr 23, 2012
    Awful. And I love Mark Wahlberg and Christina Applegate.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    I used to be a resolutely stubborn movie watcher: if I started one, I finished it, no matter how bad, boring, or disgusting. I have since learned better not to waste precious time and occasionally will dump a movie in the middle like it was Jennifer Aniston. This movie was the back-breaker where after 20 years I consciously pressed the 'Stop' button midway and never went back. Maybe on another day I would get into its violent comedic mood swings, but at the time it felt like another overly smug, not overly clever <i>Pulp Fiction</i> wannabe. Who needs another one of those? Well done, Doctor S. <i>[pats self on back]</i>
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