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Street Fighter Movie KO'd By Critics

We did our best to remain optimistic for this movie, but somewhere deep down, we always knew the deep, dark, depressing truth. That truth was forced painfully to the surface after laying eyes on the Metacritic average for "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li."

We won't even link you to it - it's really too depressing, albeit humorous - but let's just say it's averaging around 20%, and that's including the one decent review (60) from Variety. The rest, from TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and LA Weekly are all terrible. The Hollywood Reporter's Frank Scheck said that "yet another video game crashes and burns upon its translation to the big screen," and Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz was especially harsh in handing out a sad D- grade: "The fight scenes are saggy, the actors are stiff, and the sleepiness of it all is enough to make you nostalgic for the simple smackdown charms of the movie's namesake videogame." Essentially, as far as we can tell from these early reviews, "The Legend of Chun-Li" is a train wreck of an action flick, which is about what we expected. 'sigh'

However, we do have a small message for Ms. Kristin Kreuk: every actor makes bad decisions every once in a while; for future reference, though, please do us all a favor and avoid any video game adaptations. Hollywood just can't do it. It's not your fault. They just screw it up all the time. You've got a pretty face so this wasn't exactly career suicide, but please...avoid and evade in the future. And for the love of God, turn down any offer of a sequel!

2/27/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

cegmp
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:15:40 PM
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lol! I enjoyed your closing remarks Ben. Let's hope she reads it.

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Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:40:32 PM
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lol, the FIRST street fighter was bad... they should've known better... tsk tsk
it's these corporate film people that don't know squat about a game but since its a popular game, they think it will be a profitable movie.

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JDC80
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:51:16 PM
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Maybe they should have used the the Ken and Ryu storyline.

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Reccaman18
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:51:35 PM
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Maybe next time they can cast Chun Li as freakin' Chinese! And none of this Guile OR Chun Li as the main character. You know what, maybe they can stop trying to ruin the good name of these fine video games!

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JDC80
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:57:31 PM

I never understood using Guile or Chun Li as the leads in the street fighter movies when most people either pick Ken or Ryu.

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Geobaldi
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 2:08:48 AM

Which gets really annoying. Seems, at times, like nobody is willing to learn other characters.

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laxpro2001
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 9:57:06 PM
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I don't think I could ever think of a video game that I can see translated well to the big screen via hollywood... this was the closest and what a shame it was.

I agree with Ben... Hollywood just can't do it... I could, but not hollywood (jk)

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Geobaldi
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 1:58:32 AM

The first Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy and Silent Hill are about the only ones that were decent.

Last edited by Geobaldi on 2/28/2009 1:58:48 AM

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Akuma07
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 12:12:05 AM

agreed.

im usually one of the ones who actually likes movie adaptations. but i never liked the sound of this from the beginning. the first street fighter movie since the Van Damme movie. and its about Chun Li????? =S

shoulda been about Ken and Ryu

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Geobaldi
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 1:05:55 AM

I'd rather see it made about your avatar: Akuma!!

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Archangel
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 @ 8:30:52 AM

Don't forget the Resident Evil movies! two out of three of those movies were great.

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convergecrew
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 10:15:24 PM
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Just when comic adaptations are getting good...Someday the games will be able to also hopefully.

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Karosso
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 10:17:05 PM
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Silent Hill was OK!

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vicious54
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 3:52:04 AM

I really liked Silent Hill but i just wished it ended in a different way.

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shindelion
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 10:42:33 PM
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Man this movie should have been made and put straight to Youtube. They should be paying us to to watch. Stree fighter movie is 2 toes down! lets not forget Dragon ball Z coming. Why must they ruin what we hold so dear to our hearts? You know what? Square is the only one who did these movie the best, don't you agree Ben?

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Deleted User
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:17:11 PM
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Let's just say I made the mistake of seeing the first Street Fighter movie back in 1995. The critic gave the movie a 0 score in the Ottawa Sun. I think it deserved a 1. I won't be seeing the sequel.

Last edited by n/a on 2/27/2009 11:17:32 PM

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Scarecrow
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:37:58 PM
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The Japanese have so much faith in American cinema

They STILL think we can make good movies(rare these days that they do).

I bet the ok was given by Capcom of JAPAN and not Capcom USA.

Hollywood is garbage and cliche, the only thing they can do is follow the same formula(Batman, Spiderman, war movie, emotional movie) rinse and repeat.

I knew this movie was gonna suck lol.

When did Bison grow a beard? And since when does Balrog prefer guns to his fists?

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BikerSaint
Friday, February 27, 2009 @ 11:44:54 PM
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LMFAO!

Boston Globe said.....

"This is a movie for the overcaffeinated, undereducated teenager in all of us".

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 12:46:32 AM
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No talent lives there anymore.

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Blaiyan
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 1:12:31 AM
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Don't care about the reviews. The only opinion that matters is my own but I know i'll probably agree with them since from the trailers is does look like a bad adaptation.

I agree with the closing.

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Dante399
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 1:38:12 AM
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Fully agree.

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slower
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 4:38:56 AM
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Hollywood should leave the gaming movies to the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or basically anyone from Asia who knows how to make a good film. At least the they know how to follow a storyline and use the true main characters as main characters.

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Zorigo
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 6:38:47 AM

:D

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Naga
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 5:02:33 AM
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One down two to go

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Zorigo
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 6:38:31 AM
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non one seems to like this movie.

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Troy Powers
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 10:12:58 AM
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Well, you kinda know a movie is bad when it's trailer doesn't tell you ANYTHING about the plot. Honestly, has anyone seen a trailer yet that isn't just a bunch of random scenes of people fighting and stuff blowing up?

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Willcome2Urf
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 11:28:27 AM
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I have high hopes for the upcoming Prince of Persia movie.


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Totalz
Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 1:39:56 PM
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I reckon Uncharted would make an amazing movie.

They would have to make sure the developers worked closely with the film producers, and find the right actors, but it could work.

Prince of Persia movie? Might be decent.

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BTNwarrior
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 2:56:28 AM

The word series puts a bad image in my mind, I would give up my faith in humanity if MGS became a tv series

They did it with Terminator so they might do it again with something I love

Last edited by BTNwarrior on 3/1/2009 2:57:04 AM

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bamf
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 3:40:51 PM
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If you wanna watch a film where the fight scenes are done properly, watch a jackie chan, jet Li or Sammo hung movie, or watch any Hong Kong martial arts flick.

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Scarecrow
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 7:58:09 PM

Fully agree

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Xplicit
Sunday, March 01, 2009 @ 5:52:45 PM
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ahhh, little sexy kreuk should have stayed on smallville, but hey even that's going down, pitty.

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Fenrir
Monday, March 02, 2009 @ 7:47:04 AM
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Finally this proves that not only Uwe Bollīs game to movie adoptions end in a desaster. :-)

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Arkhon
Friday, March 20, 2009 @ 8:12:36 PM
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They should make an RPG movie instead of all of these action game movies. RPGs actually tend to have good storylines (Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, etc.) and would work better as movies.

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