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The Karate Kid Reviews

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August 29, 2017
. . .The adventures of this vengeful boy only inspires indifference. . .[Full Review in Spanish]
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
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
June 25, 2010
Predictable yet satisfying...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
June 8, 2010
Irresistible wish fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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-
February 9, 2010
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 1, 2008
This film's art consists entirely of hiding the cynicism of its calculations under an agreeably modest and disarming manner.
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
March 21, 2007
Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.
June 24, 2006
A surprise summer hit in the States, this is another film-making-by-numbers exercise in teenage wish-fulfilment.
November 27, 2005
Morita's work in The Karate Kid is iconographic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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+
June 3, 2005
A teenage Rocky for the 1980s.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
June 25, 2004
A great underdog story, and you gotta love the flying crane.
| Original Score: 4/5
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