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  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Mortal Kombat the movie has everything a teenage boy could want: snakes that jut out of a villain's palms, acrobatic kung- fu fighting and a couple of battling babes. Everything, that is, but an interesting plot, decent dialogue and compelling acting show more

  • 50
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Just like the popular (and more graphically violent) video game it's spun from, kung-fooy and kartoony Kombat shoves plot and personality aside to focus on action cloaked in mystic mumbo-jumbo and gloomy mock-gothic graphics. [21 Aug 1995 Pg. 03.D] show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Expect lots of earsplitting music, garish visuals and badly staged martial arts action. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    The filmmakers try to solve the problem of turning an experience which merely consists of a series of fights into a story by... ignoring it, presenting a film which merely consists of a series of fights. show more

  • 50
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    It is, in essence, the video game transferred part and parcel to the screen, and very well at that. show more

  • 75
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    It is one continuous fight sequence from opening scene to final credits, but lacks the blood, profanity, and gore that would have merited a more adult rating. show more

  • 58
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    And although director Paul Anderson treats the story with appropriate deadpan respect, there are enough sparks of humor (particularly generated by Linden Ashby as a shallow martial-arts actor who worries that he's a fake, with good reason) to amuse the adults accompanying the 10-year-old boys in the audience. show more

  • 90
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    A martial arts action-adventure with wondrous special effects and witty production design, it effectively combines supernatural terror, a mythical slay-the-dragon, save-the-princess odyssey and even a spiritual quest for self-knowledge. [21 Aug 1995 Pg. F3] show more

  • 70
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    The movie's extensive martial arts sequences, in which combatants bounce off each other doing triple handsprings, suggest a slightly more earthbound version of the aerial ballets in Hong Kong action-adventure films. show more

  • 70
    Leonard Klady Variety

    But 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. show more

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