Mortal Kombat Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
May 16, 2011
Hardly award-worthy entertainment, and pretty visually dated, but probably one of the better video game movies ever made comparatively.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 11, 2011
...a one-note gimmick that comes with everything but a joystick for the viewer to control the robotic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 10, 2010
In the realm of movies adapted from video games, "Mortal Kombat" sucks the least...

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 7, 2010
We'll concede that four-armed Prince Goro is a hoot, Christopher Lambert looks fabulous in a flowing white wig, and Talisa Soto, who plays some kind of princess, can lord it over us anytime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 7, 2010
All the head-crushing and thigh-flexing doesn't compensate for the monotony of a story that simply traipses from one combat (sorry, kombat) to the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
September 22, 2008
Where others have sunk in the mire of imitation, director Paul Anderson and writer Kevin Droney effect a viable balance between exquisitely choreographed action and ironic visual and verbal counterpoint.
December 6, 2007
cheesy but still, kick ass
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
British director Anderson does a fair job with what he was given: four good-looking leads, some very impressive sfx, Babylonian sets, a bone-crunching soundtrack, and a battery of well-choreographed fights.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
April 3, 2005
Like watching a lot of sweaty fist fights while trapped in the world's loudest night club.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 25, 2005
This one's a howler that's so bad it's almost good -- almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
November 29, 2003
If the movie Mortal Kombat were a character in a Mortal Kombat video game, its special maneuver would be to climb on its opponent's shoulders and defecate on his head.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The most intriguing is a glassy-eyed follower whose right hand shoots out a hissing reptile that can extend itself for miles. Exotic creatures like these make watching Mortal Kombat feel like being in a high-tech fun house.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Oz
Hollywood Bitchslap
May 15, 2003
Hopeless? Oh yes. It's hopeless alright. Mondo hopeless.
| Original Score: 1/5
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
December 18, 2002
Cheesy with no nutrients. But hey, anything's better than Street Fighter.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 9, 2002
[A] surprisingly good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Laura Evenson
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The movie has everything a teenage boy could want... Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
January 1, 2000
What it's missing, ironically, is the edge that's made Mortal Kombat the video game such a powerful icon in American pop culture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The characters are cardboard, the humor is lame and the heroes are all so unlikable most of the way that the audience won't be able - or want - to identify with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
It's silly, of course, but more importantly, it's a hell of a lot of fun, with plenty of above-average gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Just looks and plays a lot like Johnny Mnemonic, Double Dragon and other video-game-inspired, mayhem-filled messes.
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