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Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 66
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 54

The combination of a shallow plot and miscast performers renders Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li a perfectly forgettable video game adaptation.

38

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 10

The combination of a shallow plot and miscast performers renders Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li a perfectly forgettable video game adaptation.

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 207,243

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On the streets of Bangkok, crime boss Bison instigates a wave of violence in the slum districts, grabbing power and land no matter what the costs to its residents. His ruthless tactics are met by a team of heroes consisting of Chun-Li, a half-Caucasian/half-Asian beauty who gave up a life of privilege to become a street fighter, battling for those who cannot fight for themselves; her kung fu master, Gen, once a feared criminal, who now fights for the forces of good; Interpol cop Charlie Nash,

Jun 30, 2009

$8.6M

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All Critics (79) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (54) | DVD (13)

Trades in vital game info to squeeze in as much acrobatics and fighting sequences as possible. Bartkowiak shouldn't have taken the first part of the title so literally.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

...ultimately fares worse than its eye-rollingly campy 1994 predecessor...

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Street Fighter fans like me will be blissfully playing Street Fighter IV, with this movie occupying our minds as little more than a disposable curiosity.

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

This sloppy second attempt at bringing the Street Fighter franchise to the big screen...violates one of the primary rules for any Playstation to motion picture translation - never mess with the mythology.

June 29, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

No mojo in its dojo.

April 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Singularly witless.

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Quite simply an embarrassment that cannot crawl into ignoble obscurity fast enough.

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Kung Fu Cinema

There will never be a good video game movie no matter how many stars pop up to headline them.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

if there's anything legendary on display, it's the performance of co-star Chris Klein, which can only be described as epic in its awfulness.

March 8, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Devoid of a single redeeming feature, the motley flick is a hodge-podge of chop-socky cliches -- a ball of flaming, stinky martial arts chi.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comment (1)
Boxoffice Magazine

Just a boring, bad action movie - which, to be fair, means that it's one of the best video game adaptations ever made.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

The Legend of Chun-Li is as vapid and dull as it is.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Generic action sequences, bad acting, cringe-inducing dialogue and a miscast leading lady all combine for a thoroughly painful hour and a half at the movies.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

Not only is this a strong early contender for worst film of the year, it could well be a candidate for the worst film ever made.

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It seems to work hard at not being fun...

March 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Another video game transferred to the big screen with only so so results

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
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I'm not making this up. I happened to walk out of the three behind three guys. One of them said to the others: 'Did you PAY to see that?'

March 3, 2009 Full Review | Comments (4)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Audience Reviews for Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Is it against the law to make a good SF movie? I'm beginning to think so. I couldn't even bring myself to finish this.
August 18, 2013
vierasesine

Super Reviewer

Some fight for power. Some fight for us.

Disappointing movie but not too bad either. On the whole, the movie doesn't quite work. It has some good ideas and an interesting story, but it really doesn't handle them properly. For every strong moment the film has, there is a weak one to bring things down again, and of course there's an open ending, though if they actually make a sequel to this I'll be amazed. I likely won't be the first in line to see it, though. I probably won't see the movie again, either... well, not in the theater, anyway. If you like solid electronic dances tunes, the soundtrack may be worth your while. The movie, on the other hand, won't really entertain general audiences, and I imagine fans of the games will be pretty divided on it.

Chun-Li lives a calm life with her father, when one day, the local mobster Bison kidnaps her father. After her mother's death, she embarks into a quest to rescue her kidnapped father from the clutches of powerful criminal lord Bison.
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Manu Gino

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I kept pressing start but the game wouldn't let me skip the opening cut scene. An hour and thirty-six minute cut scene. This film makes the original Street Fighter movie look like a masterpiece.
November 4, 2011
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

    1. Bison: One thing I learned in the slums, when the people are hungry, they'll do anything.
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