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The Karate Kid (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 203
Fresh: 133 | Rotten: 70

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

66

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 13

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

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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

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Christopher Murphey

Oct 5, 2010

$176.6M

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All Critics (203) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (133) | Rotten (70) | DVD (12)

It's as sweet-natured a movie as you could expect about a 12-year-old learning to beat the crap out of his schoolmates.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
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The latest "The Karate Kid" will probably work best for young audiences unaware of its predecessor - or of much of anything else for that matter.

June 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (10)
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It's not as good as the 1984 version. I say that not just out of nostalgia, but because I think that that was a more satisfying drama.

June 14, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (7)
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If the movie's overlong (and it is, by about 20 minutes), it's long for a reason: It gives Dre time to grow.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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The script follows the predictable path from humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (12)
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This year's Kid lacks the light-hearted buoyancy of the original; it's heavier with loss and a particularly vicious cruelty.

June 11, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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A cliched and predictable script mixed with the miscasting of Jaden Smith make The Karate Kid a pretty dull film. Stick with the original.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

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

December 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

The story worked in 1984 and it works now.

August 26, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
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.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Zwart's adaptation pretty much fails across the board.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Comment (1)
Film and Felt

'The Karate Kid' overcame the remake curse.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: BET.com | Comment (1)
BET.com

Exploits a well known name in order to push an overwrought kids film that will not impress anyone over the age of twelve.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The Karate Kid 2010 is a thoughtful and professionally executed remake, retaining everything that really mattered about the original -- specifically the sincere relationship between the young protégé and his mentor.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comments (2)
Quickflix

So, part propaganda piece (will everyone in Detroit start packing?) and mostly predictable, warmed-over rehash, I'm guessing most young girl fans of Will Smith's son will find Jaden to be the cat's meow in his first starring role.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (3)
Film Threat

If you're one of the cautious fans wary of the remake, do yourself a favor -- drop your reservations and give The Karate Kid a look.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Comments (2)
IGN DVD

Un remake digno del clásico ochentero. Sorprenden las actuaciones de Jackie Chan y Jaden Smith; además de mostrar de forma contundente el problema de bullying tan actual en el mundo.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinenganos | Comment (1)
Cinenganos

full review at Movies for the Masses

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

The result is a raucous little crowd-pleaser that'll entertain 6 to 60 and might even encourage a few of the more doughy audience members to get off that couch and lace up the ol' workout sneakers.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Frank's Reel Reviews
Frank's Reel Reviews

Even though it's corny, unnecessary and far too long, this remake of the 1984 hit is surprisingly engaging.

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comments (5)
Shadows on the Wall

What should have been yet another unnecessary, not-as-good-as-the-original is actually miles, miles better.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comments (3)
Daily Mirror [UK]

Thrilling action, well-timed humour and a strong moral heart help to justify the slightly overlong length of the movie.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comment (1)
Digital Spy

The script is a lumbering, ponderous thing.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London | Comments (2)
This is London

It's Chan's best performance in years and Smith is a likeable leading man.

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo | Comments (3)
Liverpool Echo

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid

Its length is a bit indulgent but overall, this is a pretty good remake/re-telling. All the changes they made were right. Taking the story out of America was a good move. There are nods to the original film but nothing is copied as such. I know some people don't like it because they love the original but they would be more angry if 'Wax on, wax off' was there instead of 'Jacket on, Jacket off' (which actually seems to make more sense). I think Smith was a little too young for the role though, Ralph Macchio was twenty something when he played the Kid. That said though, he obviously learnt his stuff and worked hard at it, so well done to him. Pat Morita's Mr Miyagi is a legend, so what better choice than another legend like Jackie Chan. All round, I thought it was a really good remake of a film that didn't need a remake.
April 29, 2013
SirPant

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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.
November 21, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
October 3, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

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.
May 26, 2012
Raymond Wieser

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    1. Dre Parker: I'm still scared. And no matter what happens tonight, when i leave, i don't want to be scared anymore.
    – Submitted by Esha V (11 months ago)
    1. Mr. Han: Life can knock us down, but we choose whether to get up or not.
    – Submitted by Esha V (11 months ago)
    1. Mr. Han: What happened to eye?
    2. Dre Parker: I ran into a pole.
    3. Mr. Han: Interesting pole.
    – Submitted by Miles F (2 years ago)
    1. Dre Parker: I'm sick of getting my ass kicked!
    2. Mr. Han: Stop saying ass.
    – Submitted by Kyler C (2 years ago)
    1. Mr. Han: Take it off. Drop it down. Pick it up. Put it on. Take it off. Hang it up. Take it down. Put it on. Take it off. Drop it down...
    – Submitted by The Artist Formerly Known a (2 years ago)
    1. Dre Parker: Um, that's nasty.
    – Submitted by Boomer C (3 years ago)
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