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The Karate Kid Reviews

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John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 30, 2013
Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance. Morita is equally good value and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
April 5, 2011
Upbeat, sentimental and predictable tale, but the acting of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita (who was Oscar-nominated) is good and their friendship charming.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 25, 2010
Predictable yet satisfying...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hiller
June 12, 2010
Avildsen crafted an inspired movie with the perfect mix of 80's bravado and 70's artistic integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Larsen
June 8, 2010
Irresistible wish fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 27, 2010
The Karate Kid brought something fresh to the table and proved exceptionally skilled at reaching its adolescent audience. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Orndorf
May 5, 2010
Perhaps a touch on the corny side and undeniably broad, Kid is a ridiculously rewarding drama that puts pure sincerity to marvelous use, inflating a mild underdog story into an inspiring tale of education and developing friendship.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
February 9, 2010
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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.

TV Guide
March 21, 2007
This is the kind of movie where you find yourself cheering even though you know you're being hoodwinked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 27, 2005
Morita's work in The Karate Kid is iconographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
While this may be as soppy and predictable as they come, it still reminds you why you used to enjoy '80s teen flicks so much in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 10, 2005
Formulaic, manipulative, hokey — and thoroughly rousing… the film's sincerity and poignance have a way of steamrolling over gaps in plausibility and logic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 3, 2005
A teenage Rocky for the 1980s.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 4, 2005
All hail the Crane Kick, liberator of self-doubting wimps over bullies, redeemer of lost causes, winner of Elisabeth Shue's heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 25, 2004
A great underdog story, and you gotta love the flying crane.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 4, 2003
OK in itself, but guilty by association with its spawn.
| Original Score: 3/5
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