The Karate Kid Reviews

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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.
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.
June 25, 2010
Predictable yet satisfying...
June 12, 2010
Avildsen crafted an inspired movie with the perfect mix of 80's bravado and 70's artistic integrity.
June 8, 2010
Irresistible wish fulfillment.
May 27, 2010
The Karate Kid brought something fresh to the table and proved exceptionally skilled at reaching its adolescent audience. [Blu-ray]
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.
February 9, 2010
'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.
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.
March 21, 2007
Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.
November 27, 2005
Morita's work in The Karate Kid is iconographic.
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.
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.
October 9, 2005
June 3, 2005
A teenage Rocky for the 1980s.
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.
January 24, 2005
October 23, 2004
An exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.
July 8, 2004
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