Even still, Kasanoff claims no one had faith in it, neither at New Line or Midway. Or even in Hollywood generally. “After the test screening an executive at New Line said the movie was a piece of shit,” says Kasanoff in his inimitable style. “When I finished the movie I took it to Chicago to show Neil Nicastro, who was chief executive of Midway. I said, ‘You see, you said I wouldn’t do it but here it is.’ He sits and watches it. When it’s over, he looks at me and says: ‘Three out of 10. Piece of shit.’”
From Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood by Jamie Russell. The above excerpt details film producer Larry Kasanoff’s uphill battle to make Mortal Kombat: The Movie, and the franchise as a whole, into the megaton hit it was in an era where Hollywood considered video game adaptations to be the same as flinging warm piss into moviegoers’ eyes. You can find a larger except from Russell’s book on Kotaku.