Mortal Kombat
Mortal Kombat (1995)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 18, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 26, 1997
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite an effective otherwordly atmosphere and appropriately cheesy visuals, Mortal Kombat suffers from its poorly constructed plot, laughable dialogue, and subpar acting.

Leonard Klady

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.

Richard Harrington
Washington Post

Likely to satisfy only the core audience already hooked on video and arcade games, and even that's not a sure thing.

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Sebastian Zavala Kahn
Más Gamers

A fun, visually appealing film with effective performances and well choreographed fights. [Full review in Spanish]

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Laura Evenson
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie has everything a teenage boy could want... Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Cheesy and very violent adaptation of '90s video game.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Sean P. Means

The movie that most nearly approximates a video game: lots of action, no plot, eye-catching computer effects and a dollop of violence.

R. L. Shaffer

Hardly award-worthy entertainment, and pretty visually dated, but probably one of the better video game movies ever made comparatively.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The first and best of the 'MK' movies. I saw this on cinematic release and thought it was slightly OK, upon watching it again I still feel its… More
Alex roy
Rewatching this recently brought back a lot of memories. The film based on the popular video game of the same name looks dated by today's standards with… More
Michael Edwards
I've played 4 MK games, MKII, MKIII, MK Deadly Alliance, and MKI, and though I don't think the games are incredibly good like everyone else says, I… More
Spencer S.
When the best part of a movie is the opening credits' theme song, you know you're watching none other than Mortal Kombat. Based from a simplistic… More
Eric Alvarez
I just get the feeling that this movie was completely rushed. It seemed cool as a little kid, but looking back now it just seems all too cheesy.
Chris Weber
When I first saw this, it blew my mind. Nowadays: it's not bad, but it's not great either. I expect more out of an adaptation of Mortal Kombat, but… More