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The Karate Kid Reviews

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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.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 27, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 9, 2006
| Original Score: 1/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
It's primitive, predatory stuff.
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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
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
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| 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
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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Variety Staff
March 21, 2007
Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
December 13, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 3, 2005
A teenage Rocky for the 1980s.
| 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.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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