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Double Dragon (1994)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 11

Double Dragon's clever use of special effects cannot mask the film's overly simplistic storyline and cheesy dialogue.

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Critic Reviews: 3
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 3

Double Dragon's clever use of special effects cannot mask the film's overly simplistic storyline and cheesy dialogue.



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In this futuristic martial arts drama based on a popular video game, Los Angeles has been transformed into a watery New Angeles after a long-threatened earthquake devastates the West Coast. Billy Lee (Scott Wolf) and his brother Jimmy (Mark Dacascos) are two martial arts experts who were raised by a woman named Satori (Julia Nickson) after the death of their parents. Satori has come into possession of one half of a magic amulet; if joined with the other half, it gives whomever possesses it

Jan 15, 1999

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (11)

Even kids won't get much of a kick out of this high-energy, low-IQ futuristic slugfest.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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An incoherent children's adventure based on a popular video game.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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While clumsily paced by first-time director Jim Yukich and amateurishly acted, the picture does take place against the imaginative backdrop of New Angeles, the urban archipelago formed when the Big One crumpled Southern California.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Even at eleven years old I knew "Double Dragon" sucked.

August 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There is a genial exuberance to the lead performances of Wolf and Dacascos, who behave as though the Lee brothers aren't too many rungs above Beavis and Butt-Head on the evolutionary ladder.

July 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Moving Picture Show
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A surprisingly timid and largely toothless action fantasy for kids.

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

How hard would it be to come up with a story at least as good as that of the original Nintendo game? Impossible, apparently.

May 19, 2004
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November 18, 2003

The grim view of the future is nothing new, the special effects involve poorly used matte paintings and pyrotechnics, and the actors do far too many double-takes.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Double Dragon pales in comparison to the game itself.

October 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Double Dragon

Set in the (then) crumbling future of 2007, why do all these poor adaptations get set in post apocalyptic futures where gangs roam the streets in outfits you wore under the age of 15?.

Again your typical 90's trash that went straight to the video shop and didn't even pass go, its called 'Double Dragon' but bares no resemblance to the videogame what so ever accept for character names and the fact the brothers 'fight' against various punks.

The film is pretty much like the first 'TMNT' film albeit a very bad version, its completely aimed at kids so everything is watered down to a babyish level which in turn comes off as hilarious. Like other kids action films of the time its all very colourful and quite imaginative but its so utterly pointless, action sequences are clearly added simply to make the film more 'exciting' when really you wouldn't miss them if they weren't there, point...less.

All characters are totally cliched and all look ridiculous in their costumes/face paint, your typical post apocalyptic gangs of punks dressed in horribly retro 80/90's fashions. Robert Patrick must have suspected this was gonna be a big blockbuster otherwise I'm sure he wouldn't have signed on for this, mind you the casting of B-movie action star regular Dacascos should of given him a hint.

This just feels completely not needed, no point in creating it in the slightest. Its like they have a videogame that is/was popular so they just had to throw out a film of it no matter how it turned out, just to capitalise on the franchise, they just couldn't help themselves, and what has it achieved? absolutely zip.
March 13, 2013

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This is very poor TV Movie with a poor acting.
December 29, 2009
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Worst based on the original video game in marital arts film I ever saw, looked stupid and crap.
March 20, 2007
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

I mean, if you think Street Fighter was bad, at least it had Raul Julia's greatest performance as the villain and some great action sequences, but after learning what the Nostalgia Critic himself has taught me about this film, I now agree with him.

But before we can go to the negatives, I have three praises for this film and those are the decent special effects, the solid costume designs, and the well-choreographed action sequences.

But those three praises didn't save this god-awful film as everything went extremely wrong. The story was too predictable and very simple for a video game adaptation, the dialogue was unbelievably cheesy, the characters were cardboard cutouts, and the writing/editing was choppy. For example, near the end of the film, where Billy and Jimmy are about to battle each other, it showed a Double Dragon video game, which raises one question: How can a video game adaptation have a video game in which it was based on? Looks like the director himself didn't had time to explain and just focused on the action.

Why can't Hollywood ever make a good video game adaptation? Why do they always have to alter the story lines that made the video games so popular? It looks like those two questions were never answered until later in the 2000s that some video game adaptations have finally started to become good. I wish there was a remake of this, but since it bombed at the box office, I guess Hollywood's gonna move on now.
November 7, 2011
Gavin the moviejunkie1994
Gavin Cresswell

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