Street Fighter

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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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Gen. Bison (Raul Julia), the evil dictator of Shadaloo, captures a busload of relief workers and holds them for ransom. Col. Guile (Jean-Claude Van Damme) leads an international strike force to invade Shadaloo and rescue the hostages. Along the way, Guile recruits Chun-Li (Ming-Na Wen), a reporter and martial-arts expert whose father was killed by Bison years ago, two young con men (Damian Chapa, Byron Mann) and a sumo wrestler (Peter Navy Tuiasosopo).

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (36)

  • As for Jean-Claude, it's a tough stretch for him to play a figurine from an arcade game but, why, he almost manages to be convincing.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While de Souza's arrested development makes him a likely suspect to adapt a video game for movies, the result (like The Super Mario Brothers movie before it) is an empty exercise in hyper-stimulation. Or, to put it bluntly, a complete waste of time.

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…
  • De Souza's wit, which gave his earlier action scripts a tart edge, has failed him here. He pitches this entire movie at the sub-literate set that, with glassy eyes, unthinkingly pumps quarter after quarter into video games.

    April 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This is [Steven E. de Souza's] directorial debut, and while it shows promise, it is uneven. The film is way too choppy, and as a result we never get a chance to know the characters (except Bison).

    April 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Even knowing what a mess Street Fighter is, I will defend it to the end of time all for what Raul Julia brought to the film.

    March 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Far less captivating than the videogame that inspired it.

    July 3, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • Dec 23, 2012
    Not as bad as most make out, They did most of the characters spot on, But it wasn't well acted the story was just plain silly for what the game was about, The action was over the top but hey it's based on a video game it's allowed to be over the top.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    Raul Julia gives it his all, for some reason, Guile is Belgian, wrap your mind around that, and a lot of useless characters running around.... at least they weren't left out.
    Willis T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2011
    Sometimes, it's hard to believe that some video game adaptations can be good, but only the rest of them are ordinary bad movies (and that's saying much people) and this movie known as "Street Fighter", is no exception. Colonel William Guile leads an army of soldiers into the country of Shadaloo to find traces to lead him to General M. Bison, who has captured many people including three missing soldiers. Among them is Carlos "Charlie" Blanka, in which Bison decides to turn into a hideous mutant. On the other hand, Chun Li is a reporter who seeks revenge against Bison for the death of her father years ago. Then two small time hustlers Ryu and Ken, are arrested along with Sagat, a powerful arms dealer and Vega for dealing of illegal weapons. Guile recruits them in order to find Bison's base. Now Guile, T. Hawk, Cammy, Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Balrog and E. Honda have three days before Bison murders the hostages and takes over the world. With an ugly script, clunky plotting, clichéd visuals, and horrible acting (including Jean-Claude Van Damme's acting), they brought this movie to a level of badness. The two things that keep this movie afloat is the spectacular action sequences and an amazing performance from the late Raul Julia (R.I.P. greatest actor that anyone's ever seen) since this was his final theatrical film before his death, but overall, even he can't save this movie from sinking. To be honest, I've never actually played the video games in which the movie was only based on the first game, but after finding out that the movie's storyline of the game was altered and the tone was apparently lighter, I'll try to get that game for... Christmas or for my birthday, I don't know. Anyway, horrible movie. Avoid it at all costs like a plague.
    Gavin C Super Reviewer

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