Mortal Kombat (2021) Review Roundup

Reviews for Mortal Kombat are now out in the wild just hours ahead of the movie’s simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max on April 23, 2021. This will be the third live-action film based on the Mortal Kombat series of fighting games, but is a reboot of the property that is not connected to the previous entries. Director Simon McQuoid has promised the film won’t deviate far from the source material, and that it pushes its R-Rating. Ahead of the film’s release tomorrow, you can check out the first seven minutes of the movie right here.

  • Directed by: Simon McQuoid
  • Written by: Greg Russo, Dave Callahan, Oren Uziel
  • Starring: Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Lewis Tan, Mehcad Brooks, Chin Han, Ludi Lin, Max Huang, Sisi Stringer, Daniel Nelson
  • Release Date: April 23, 2021 (United States)

Initial reviews are mixed, praising the film’s fidelity and combat, while calling out wooden dialogue and dump truck-esque exposition as slowing the brutal martial arts film down.


This new take on Mortal Kombat is one of the most successful video game adaptations yet–by a long shot. While not perfect, it wonderfully captures the essence of the Mortal Kombat video game franchise. — Chris Hayner [Full Review]

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Author: Eric Frederiksen