With only mere days left before the release of Kombat both in theaters and on HBO Max, critical reactions have dropped regarding the much-anticipated, gloriously bloody adaptation of the long-running video game franchise. It’s safe to say that die-hard fans of this world have been eagerly awaiting for this movie, and Warner Bros. has been teasing glimpses of it over the last several weeks since its release date delay.
Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, the film stars Lewis Tan as new character Cole Young, as well as those actors playing Mortal Kombat mainstays: Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Chin Han (Shang Tsung), Joe Taslim (Bi-Han/Sub-Zero) and Hiroyuki Sanada (Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion), among others.
Now, with the film primed for release in a matter of days, it’s time to find out what the critics thought. Has Mortal Kombat been worth the wait, or is this a reboot that didn’t quite live up to the hype? Check out some of the early critical reactions below — we’ll keep updating as more continue to come in.
Collider’s own Matt Goldberg thought the film relied too heavily on the franchise’s penchant for gore.