A terrific underdog story
| Original Score: 4/5
A legitimate crowd pleaser.
The Karate Kid belongs so irredemiably to its time that you can't feel anything other than affection toward it.
The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The movie birthed three sequels and features the sweet relationship between Macchio and Morita.
Wax on, wax off, wax nostalgic.
A warm-heartened riff on the tried-and-true Rocky formula, and one of the better cinematic icons of the 1980s.
An OK underdog story that did not deserve any sequels.
| Original Score: 3/5
Tells the engaging story of a handyman at a housing complex who teaches martial arts to a boy yearning for mastery of self.
It's primitive, predatory stuff.
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 2/5