Parents' Guide to

Mortal Kombat

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Silly, gory but great-looking and fun martial arts fantasy.

Movie R 2021 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 10+

10+

It’s a good movie but lots of language like lots of uses of the f word lots of violence also bloody but it’s not to realistic the most realistic part is the start of the movie I think it’s ok for 10 and up
age 12+

Not Bad

I know nothing of Mortal Kombat and I enjoyed it. My 12 year old plays the game and it was all of the same characters. There was quite a bit of blood and guts and violence and the unnecessary f words through out...but if your child can handle the gore and the few curse words it is a good story line.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (59 ):

Aside from boring villains and silly exposition (much of which makes no sense), this gory martial arts fantasy flick actually packs a punch, thanks to likable heroes and great-looking, slick action. A reboot of the widely panned 1995 film -- which, like this one, was based on a long-running series of video games -- Mortal Kombat is that rare thing: a video-game movie that manages to overcome the typical trappings of video-game movies.

That said, the lore about how Earthrealm and Outworld realm must fight 10 battles -- nine of which have already been fought -- is flat-out ridiculous, and the movie does nothing with this information anyway. And the Outworld villains, stuck with the worst, flattest dialogue and often filmed with a blue-gray tint, are tragically dull. But the diverse heroes, Cole, Jax, and Sonya, are quite appealing. (Their comrade Kano is -- and is supposed to be -- thoroughly obnoxious.) Cole is sweetly devoted to his wife and daughter, Jax is an ex-soldier who's distraught about the loss of his arms while facing Sub-Zero, and Sonya is let down by not being "chosen" and her lack of a "birthmark." And the movie's battles definitely don't disappoint. Making his directing debut after a career in commercials, Simon McQuoid makes the action in Mortal Kombat smooth, surprising, and balletic ... as well as frequent and extremely gory.

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