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The Karate Kid, Part III

The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)


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John G. Avildsen rehashes his shopworn formula for another go-round in The Karate Kid Part III. Going against the wishes of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) will defend his karate title in an All-Valley Championship match arranged by his nemesis Kreese (Martin Kove), whose karate studio folded after his star student lost the championship to Daniel. Kreese's friend, Vietnam veteran and toxic waste dumper Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith), agrees to help his old pal


Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Jul 10, 2001

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Disappointing, often violent sequel is for series fans only.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The unevenness of The Karate Kid movies reaches its peak in The Karate Kid Part III...

June 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's difficult to believe that nearly every member of the primary artistic team from the first two features returned for the third Kid installment, and this was the cruel abomination that resulted.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

A performance from Macchio so irritating that the goodwill left over from the The Karate Kid is gone in a finger-snap.

November 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A bit of an improvement over the second installment, but so what?

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

From hero to punk in 2 hours.

January 1, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

This is one karate chop too many...master Morita and student Macchio should have stopped before overstaying their welcome in this tepid follow-up

June 23, 2004
Movie Eye

The series finally runs out of steam

November 18, 2003

Explores the challenges faced by the karate master and his young protege in Japan, his ancestral home.

February 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

Third entry of The Karate Kid series is already a sign that it is too much and it shows the familiar elements of previous films in the series. The script is horrible, the plot suffers greatly, and the acting and directing are not up to par. There really is no need for a third sequel because part 2 was already pretty bad and pointless. This film lacked a truly engaging plot, great acting and good, memorable moments. The third film is a horrible, dull experience and it doesn't do anything to entertain you. Fragments of the original plot are still here, but the film lacks in new, effective ideas that really works. I hated the film, was really bored with it, and just when you think the franchise would get worst, they filmed The Next Karate Kid, which was awful, and went where the previous films went. The only difference is, the first one was a great, well written, memorable and fun picture that was compelling; however these films fail to deliver the magic that the original did. Poor acting, with a poor script and top it off with poor, sketchy directing from director John G. Avildsen, who directed the first one, it's a shame that he couldn't recapture the moments of the original. This is a bland addition to the series that isn't worth checking out. This third film adds nothing truly compelling, and I truly hated this film, and it's even clearer that sequels to the original were not necessary whatsoever. Watch with caution.
November 22, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Again with the unnecessary sequels. THE KARATE KID: PART III is a terrible film with terrible acting, terrible directing, terribly-written screenplay...everything about it is just terrible. It was an inevitable, but nevertheless bad, threequel.
September 28, 2011

Super Reviewer

Pretty much as good as the first one. Two real badasses here...
September 14, 2010
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer

A so-so third effort as the original rival sensi from the first wants help from his old army buddy to get revenge.
August 20, 2010

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    1. Daniel La Russo: Oh then who left the application, the tooth fairy huh?
    – Submitted by John B (3 months ago)
    1. Terry Silver: Use the crane Danny boy!
    – Submitted by John B (3 months ago)
    1. Miyagi: Miyagi: Oi, you stay focused, Daniel San, your best Karate still inside of you! Now time let out!
    – Submitted by Darryl D (8 months ago)
    1. Terry Silver: Terry Silver: I love it when he pounds him!
    – Submitted by Darryl D (8 months ago)
    1. Daniel La Russo: You know, this is the 80s, Mr. Miyagi. You can't be so damn passive!
    – Submitted by Stefan G (10 months ago)
    1. Terry Silver: Now the real pain begins, Danny-boy.
    – Submitted by Finn M (21 months ago)
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