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Parents' Guide to

Mortal Kombat: The Movie

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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

Movie PG-13 1995 101 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 8+

Hi, Im a kid. (9yr speaking,).

i lied. im no adult. anyways, i love gore. (JUST TO LET YOU KNOW,) video games dont cause violence. when i see real gore i freak the heck out. im a mature kid. Anyways, (review!) thinking this was going to be a kick butt gory bloody guts movie, im suprised! great for a younger audience. (like to introduce them to the franchise). has so hand do hand kombat but nothing wrong. (you seen what i did there, right?) its just like a star wars for a little bit older audience. if your kid is not mature, 9-12 and up would be good. but if your kid is MATURE, they can watch. its not that bad. only hand to hand, and some demonic imagery, (ITS NOT EVEN DEMONIC! ITS JUST A SKELETON BREATHING FIRE), He also bleeds fire but no gore, just leaking fire. its really fine. LUV IT MUCH BETTER THAN THE 2021 REEBOOT blech spit blech gag uahue

This title has:

Too much violence
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age 15+

Great watch.

Stays true to the spirit of the game based of with excellent fight sciens great music and good special effects a satisfying watch for anyone liked action with fitting story line.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Much like the video game on which it's based, Mortal Kombat: The Movie is endlessly violent, with only the barest of narratives and simplest of character motivation to justify the violence. The acting is subpar at best, and the dialogue is an endless cliché of the "We've got company!" variety. No one is very likable -- the "good guys" seem good only because they don't look monstrous or speak in demonic voices. Even the fight scenes aren't terribly interesting, especially compared to martial arts movies that actually have likable characters and engaging storylines.

By the time the movie reaches its climax, you don't care who wins or even if the Earth survives, just so long as all this seemingly endless fighting stops already. Action in action movies is supposed to be entertaining, not exhausting. And over 20 years after its initial release, the style, special effects, and overall mood of the movie result in '90s entertainment that has not stood the test of time.

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