One Film Critic Voted That Awful Hitman Movie As One Of The Best Of All Time

Every 10 years, the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine runs a poll that asks film critics and directors to vote for the films that they think are the examples of cinematic excellence. It's a storied tradition that goes back 50 years and is highly regarded by filmmakers and journalists alike, with classics like The Godfather, Citizen Kane and 2001: A Space Odyssey winding up in the top 10.

As far as lists of great cultural works goes, the Sight & Sound poll gets taken very seriously.

And then, this year, someone voted for that Hitman movie.

The 2007 film — directed by Xavier Gens and starring Justified's Timothy Olyphant — only got one vote from Slovenian cultural critic Slavoj Zizek. Tastes differ, yes, but a movie gets 14% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it's safe to say that a lot of people don't like Hitman.

In the note that accompanies a breakdown of his votes, Zizek says:

This time, I opted for pure madness: the list contains only ‘guilty pleasures', from two screen versions of Ayn Rand to a top Nazi melodrama, from David Lynch's greatest flop to height of musical kitsch, from a low-budget Hollywood action thriller to a Chinese big-budget historical spectacle, plus a half-forgotten Western and two marginal noirs. This is what I really enjoy — no compromises for high quality or good taste.

You know, I can't hate on Zizek for wanting to represent what he actually enjoys, over what seems to be the safe or mutually-agreed-upon canon. Taste is subjective, right?

Our favourite Crazy Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll [Indiewire]


    i liked that hitman movie

      Same here. Not sure what all the fuss was about really. Could have been an absolute shit ton worse.

      Agreed - It wasn't something that you would rave to your friends to see but it was good enough for a second viewing a few years down the track.

        Exactly. And I did just that 2 weeks ago and still thoroughly enjoyed it.

          i think that it was supurb. right amount of gore, right amount of nudity, perfect story and it showed where 47 (and his .45's came from)

          i think that it was supurb. right amount of gore, right amount of nudity, perfect story and it showed where 47 (and his .45's came from)

      This just seems to be a case of "Its a bad video game movie, lets hate on it for hate sake" rather than saying, its a good movie; even if its not true to the hitman ip.

        That teemo. Has a point, was excellent movie. Haters be hating.

      I enjoyed it too. Seen it a couple of times since and it's still good fun.

      I also quite enjoyed the movie I never understood why people hated it so much. I know it's quite different to the Hitman games but there are far worse movies with higher scores

      Add me to this list. It was miles better than most game tie-ins and stands alone as a good movie despite the hate.

    I like it, especially the bit with boobies ;)

    yea why the hate on hitman, it was an enjoyable movie, lots of fun, good action and a pretty damn hot chick - sure it doesn't deserve any awards but it was a fun popcorn flick.

    Hitman is ace! Olyphant, wall-to-wall action, and the lady-thingies that shall not be named. Was a 2000s version of a Van Damme movie.

      Yeah pretty much anything with Olyphant in it is worth watching. Justified is a bloody awesome show and worth watching for anyone that is a fan of him.

        +1 for justified love

        +1 Olyphant is awesome. deadwood, justified, die hard 4.0, hitman, the perfect getaway - just to name a few are all excellent.

          'A Perfect Getaway' was one of the worst films I've seen, but Olyphant was the only good thing in it.

    The film was alright, would of been better if it followed the Codename 47 storyline/missions though.

    i thought it was good, had some nice little homeages to game as well. Especially the bit he's walking down the hall away about to take out some dudes and the camera is following behind him like it does in the game!

    For a movie based on a video game it is rather good. Most game to movie attempts fail miserably, think Super Mario Bros the movie with Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo or Wing Commander or Street Fighter.

    If you need to see something with depth and character then this isn't it. Watch Pitch Black instead.

    I haven't seen Hitman yet. But my friends and family all recommend it.

    Timothy Olyphant! The film has that going for it at least.

    Sorry, didn't enjoy it at all. Olyphant couldn't save it.

    Anyone who's watched dark agnel knows how many scenes were actually re-used out of that show, like the whole opening.

    It was an insult to the franchise and didnt do the character or the story any justice.

    I thought it was terrible. It got my vote as one of the worst films I've ever seen.

    I love this film. Cannot wait for the second.

    Haven't seen it. Might go get it this week.

    I actually rate it in my top 10 action movies. Really enjoyed Hitman. Best videogame movie by far (although I hear Ace Attorney is amazingly good).

    He also presented a really great documentary called the perverts guide to cinema -

    You might find that you agree with him quite often

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