The Karate Kid - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Karate Kid Reviews

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August 29, 2017
. . .The adventures of this vengeful boy only inspires indifference. . .[Full Review in Spanish]
June 24, 2006
A surprise summer hit in the States, this is another film-making-by-numbers exercise in teenage wish-fulfilment.
October 27, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
It's primitive, predatory stuff.
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
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
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
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
March 21, 2007
Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
August 15, 2002
An OK underdog story that did not deserve any sequels.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
December 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
June 3, 2005
A teenage Rocky for the 1980s.
| 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.
August 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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