Mortal Kombat Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
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
Eric D. Snider
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
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 10, 2010
In the realm of movies adapted from video games, "Mortal Kombat" sucks the least...
Christopher Null
January 25, 2005
This one's a howler that's so bad it's almost good -- almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
March 4, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
Carlo Cavagna
January 1, 2000
If the forces of darkness win ten mortal kombats in a row, the world will be subjugated to a tyrrany of evil and bad spelling
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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-
Hollywood Bitchslap
May 15, 2003
Hopeless? Oh yes. It's hopeless alright. Mondo hopeless.
| Original Score: 1/5
Jon Matsumoto
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Far too predictable to recommend to anyone not predisposed to this type of propulsive but vacant entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Hartl
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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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
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
It should be worth noting that you can play the game much cheaper than seeing the movie, and the end result is much the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sean Means
January 1, 2000
The movie that most nearly approximates a video game: lots of action, no plot, eye-catching computer effects and a dollop of violence.
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Likely to satisfy only the core audience already hooked on video and arcade games, and even that's not a sure thing.
Elspeth Haughton
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
The impressiveness of skill is lost in the technical production.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
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
Emanuel Levy
November 9, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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