Mortal Kombat
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Three reluctant fighters are drafted for an intergalactic martial-arts tournament that will determine the fate of the human race in this special-effects-driven adventure. Inspired by the popular and notoriously bloody video game, Mortal Kombat provides a semblance of a plot as an excuse for rampant mayhem, with the evil alien forces challenging humanity to a kung fu battle to decide the Earth's fate. Following the failure of several previous human defenders, mankind's last chance lies with egotistical action film star Johnny Cage (Linden Ashby), tough but beautiful special agent Sonya… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"Likely to satisfy only the core audience already hooked on video and arcade games, and even that's not a sure thing."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"Hardly award-worthy entertainment, and pretty visually dated, but probably one of the better video game movies ever made comparatively."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like watching a lot of sweaty fist fights while trapped in the world's loudest night club."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The movie has everything a teenage boy could want... Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting."
‑ Laura Evenson, San Francisco Chronicle
"...a one-note gimmick that comes with everything but a joystick for the viewer to control the robotic characters."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"This one's a howler that's so bad it's almost good -- almost."
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The movie that most nearly approximates a video game: lots of action, no plot, eye-catching computer effects and a dollop of violence."
‑ Sean Means,
"In the realm of movies adapted from video games, "Mortal Kombat" sucks the least..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"cheesy but still, kick ass"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
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