Street Fighter (1994)



Critic Consensus: Though it offers mild entertainment through campy one-liners and the overacting of the late Raul Julia, Street Fighter's nonstop action sequences are not enough to make up for a predictable, uneven storyline.

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A military commander is sent by an international organization to fight a psychotic dictator who holds a relief team hostage. When the world pays the dictator's ransom, the commander resigns and decides to take on the villain himself. This action fantasy is based on a popular video game.
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Raul Julia
as Bison
Roshan Seth
as Dhalsim
Ming-Na Wen
as Chun-Li
Simon Callow
as A.N. Official
Wes Studi
as Sagat
Grand L. Bush
as Balrog
Jay Tavare
as Vega
Sander Vanocur
as GNT News Anchor
Robert Mammone
as Carlos Blanka
Kenya Sawada
as Captain Sawada
Gerry Day
as Lab Guard
Adrian Cronauer
as A.N. Forces DJ
David Green
as M.P. Guard
Kenzo Tsujimoto
as A.N. Commander
Edward R. Pressman
as Lonely Cook
Ray Swenson
as Bison's Architect
Joe Bunger
as Bison's Torturer
Brian Moll
as Bison's Scientist
Maria Dickson
as Bison's Scientist
Norman Steiner
as Bison's Scientist
Andrew Cottgrove
as Bison Trooper
Kamilyn Kaneko
as A.N. Soldier
David DeSouza
as A.N. Soldier
Scott Rosen
as A.N. Soldier
Renzo Colla
as Studio News Anchor
Ric Curnow
as Studio News Anchor
Efthymios Kallos
as Studio News Anchor
Alex Ivacheff
as Studio News Anchor
Maow Krungvong
as Studio News Anchor
Francoise Le Cosset
as Studio News Anchor
Saleh Saqqaf
as Studio News Anchor
Rosanna Wong
as Studio News Anchor
Darcy LaPier
as Guile's and Blanka's Date
Jeri Barchilon
as Guile's and Blanka's Date
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Critic Reviews for Street Fighter

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

Far less captivating than the videogame that inspired it.

Full Review… | July 2, 2008
Top Critic

Julia (in his final role) hams it up shamelessly as the camp commandant, but not even his suave presence and throwaway quips can save this noisy, brainless mess.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A dreary, overstuffed hodgepodge of poorly edited martial arts sequences and often unintelligible dialogue.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Game Over.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of the most unintentionally funny movies I've ever seen and has become a cult classic over the years. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | September 29, 2016

Even at eleven years old I couldn't understand why this was so bad while the games were so incredible.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Street Fighter

Absolutely terrible action film based very very loosely on the 'Street Fighter 2' computer game. Van Damme looks fine but acts badly as are the rest of the cast who are all just awful, simply dreadful. No one actually looks like their videogame counterpart accept maybe Raul Julia who saves a little grace as 'Bison' but he's hardly the right build for him. The action and fight sequences are pitiful, totally laughable, I can't even bring myself to call them action sequences whilst the sets look like paper thin sets merely with lots of metal and monitors everywhere. The main issue with this 'film' is the fact its totally and completely made for kids, watered down to the bone with nothing for anyone over the age of about 13 to enjoy. Game fans will be like...'excuse me!!?' whilst most adults will simply piss their pants with laughter. Just adding the odd chase sequence or explosion doesn't make things all better Mr Director. One of the only films I can say is sheer dross and less than B-movie standards mainly because it cost a bomb to make, had a HUGE merchandise and marketing push. It was actually advertised as a serious action film (probably due to JCVD being in it), it was! I remember seeing it in the cinema. SFII cannot be made into a serious or semi serious film end of, the characters and stories just don't work in this field. Animated yes, live action no, no no no hell no. The best bit of the film has to be the introduction of 'Blanka' and 'Dhalsim', I swear only Ed Wood could compete with that.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I'm sitting here laughing to myself because I gave this such a high rating. This movie is one gigantic piece of crap, but yet it's too damned enjoyable to be written off completely. Street Fighter is an adaptation of the Street Fighter II game that was all the rage in arcades across the globe during the early 90's. That game had bits of a storyline, but for the movie, they expanded and changed a lot of it. This is also notorious for being Raul Julia's final film, has he passed away from stomach cancer afterwards. Thankfully, he goes out with an amazing performance. Like Frank Langella was to Masters of the Universe, Raul Julia is to Street Fighter. He gives a well-read and fun performance. Everyone else is atrocious, including JCVD, but the action and comedy is so bad that it's good. Definitely check it out if you're looking for something easy to take in without a lot of brain power. You certainly don't need any to enjoy this piece of horse manure.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


Cool to see a childhood video game put into a film, but all in all, the film is cheesy and many characters could have looked alot better. I think that if you have played Street Fighter before watching this then you will appreciate it somewhat, but if you have no idea what Street Fighter is while going into this film, then you will think it is a complete disaster.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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