Mortal Kombat Reviews Call the movie a violent mess

Here’s what the first round of critics and journalists had to say.

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Only a few days left until the release of Mortal Kombat Both in theaters and on HBO Max, critical responses to the eagerly anticipated, gloriously bloody adaptation of the long-running video game franchise have waned. It’s safe to say that die-hard fans around the world have been eagerly awaiting this movie, and Warner Bros. has gleaned into it in the past few weeks since its release date was delayed.

Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan |who have favourited Movie Stars Lewis Tan as the new character Cole Young as well as the actors who play Mortal Kombat: Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), Play Lin (Liu Kang), Chin Han (Shang Tsung), Joe Taslim (Bi-Han / Sub-Zero) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion) among others.

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Now that the film is slated to be released in a few days, it’s time to find out what the critics thought. Was the wait for Mortal Kombat worth it, or is this a restart that didn’t quite live up to the hype? Check out some of the early critical responses below – we’ll keep updating them as more are added.

Collider’s own Matt Goldberg said the film relied too heavily on the franchise’s predilection for Gore.

But Peri Nemiroff found it a bit chaotic.

While some seemed to have viewed Mortal Kombat as a boring rather than a flawless victory.

In what is perhaps the most confusing creative decision in film history, there is no Mortal Kombat in the new MORTAL KOMBAT. insane. really crazy.

Instead, we get a boring video game adaptation that has been desperately avenged to death. my rating:

– david honest (@davidehrlich) April 22, 2021

But some critics seemed to enjoy Mortal Kombat’s ridiculous, over-the-top nature.

The special thing about the new MORTAL KOMBAT film is that I jump up from my seat and say “OH SHIT !!!” and then laugh in delight for a minute, so overall I’d say it’s pretty good

– Karen Han (@ Karenyhan) April 22, 2021

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