The Karate Kid (2010)



Critic Consensus: It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original.

Movie Info

When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Upon arriving at his new school, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) develops a powerful crush on pretty classmate Mei Ying. The feeling is mutual, although the cultural divide between Dre and Mei Ying makes a friendship unlikely, and romance impossible. When … More

Rating: PG (for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen, Christopher Murphey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 2010
Box Office: $176.6M
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as Dre Parker

as Mr. Han

as Sherry Parker

as Meiying

as Master Li

as Meiying's Dad

as Meiying's Mom

as Dre's Detroit Friend

as Liang

as Zhuang

as Ur Dang

as Mrs. Po

as Music Instructor

as History Teacher

as Tournament Doctor

as Tournament Doctor

as Mat 4 Referee

as Mat 5 Referee

as Mrs. Xie

as Announcer

as Man on Plane Speakin...

as Dude From Detroit

as Ping Pong Man
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (38)

A cliched and predictable script mixed with the miscasting of Jaden Smith make The Karate Kid a pretty dull film. Stick with the original.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

This remake is fun, lighthearted and enormously entertaining. A great family film.

Full Review… | December 25, 2012
Big Hollywood

The screenplay gives Dre way too many dumb things to say while needlessly stretching out the entire story into a film that runs overly-long at 132 minutes.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

At two hours plus the film is much too long (do we really need that many montages of seeing Smith train?), but it just manages to provide enough watchable entertainment to keep less demanding members of the audience happy.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
The Baltic Times

The story worked in 1984 and it works now.

Full Review… | August 26, 2011
IGN Movies

The Karate Kid is an excellent coming-of-age sports film filled with heart and humor that doesn't test your gag reflex. Even if you love the original the new version is a worthy follow up, both comfortable and fresh, and that isn't easy to do.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid

Respectable remake of the classic film of the same name, The Karate Kid is an entertaining, fun film for the entire family. The movie was enjoyable, but there were many things that I didn't like. The choice of the lead actor being Jaden Smith was questionable and I found him more annoying than anything. I personally feel that another actor could have played his part. I mean really, the kid's acting is horrible. A performance that really stood out for me was that of Jackie Chan, I really am not a fan of his work, and he was wonderful here. He finally was able to make a good film after a few years doing bad ones. The fight scenes are great, very well done and intense as well. Although the film suffers from the usual remake aspects, such as not being able to capture the essence of the original, this is still a good flick, and it is very entertaining, but the original is far better. The direction is good, but never great, and the plot does leave a lot for improvement. I really liked the fact that the film was set in China, and it added an authentic flavor to the Karate Kid, which is what stands out the most about the film. Overall this is a fun, worthwhile film that succeeds just enough where most remakes fail. Even with all its flaws, the film does have an important message, standing up for yourself, and it makes you feel good as the lead character gets even by defining himself and defeating his bully in a karate tournament. Even with Smith's annoying performance, the film has enough good elements to make it worth seeing.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A well done remake that definitely makes me want to learn Karate. Or whatever martial arts he actually learns. Some awesome visuals of China too.

Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Jaden Smith proves that he can act in this modern remake of the 1980's classic film. With an unusually dramatic (but excellent) performance from Jackie Chan, and an always fantastic Taraji P. Henson, The Karate Kid will please fans of the original and newcomers alike. The cinematography is superb, showcasing rural and modern China. By the end, The Karate Kid had me nearly on my feet cheering. A worth remake of the original, and a riveting, suspenseful crowd-pleaser.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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