The Karate Kid Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 1, 2008
This film's art consists entirely of hiding the cynicism of its calculations under an agreeably modest and disarming manner.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 21, 2007
Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A surprise summer hit in the States, this is another film-making-by-numbers exercise in teenage wish-fulfilment.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's primitive, predatory stuff.