The Karate Kid Reviews

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 15, 2003
A terrific underdog story
| Original Score: 4/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
July 6, 2003
A legitimate crowd pleaser.
| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Luck
Film4
May 24, 2003
The Karate Kid belongs so irredemiably to its time that you can't feel anything other than affection toward it.
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The movie birthed three sequels and features the sweet relationship between Macchio and Morita.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 24, 2002
Wax on, wax off, wax nostalgic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
A warm-heartened riff on the tried-and-true Rocky formula, and one of the better cinematic icons of the 1980s.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 15, 2002
An OK underdog story that did not deserve any sequels.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 14, 2002
Tells the engaging story of a handyman at a housing complex who teaches martial arts to a boy yearning for mastery of self.
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's primitive, predatory stuff.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 9, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 24, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 8, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
May 8, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
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