The Karate Kid Reviews

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February 6, 2018
Smith Jr looks thoroughly bored by Mom and Pop's extravagant gift. I can't say I blame him.
November 9, 2013
A cliched and predictable script mixed with the miscasting of Jaden Smith make The Karate Kid a pretty dull film. Stick with the original.
October 1, 2012
The screenplay gives Dre way too many dumb things to say while needlessly stretching out the entire story into a film that runs overly-long at 132 minutes.
January 27, 2011
Zwart's adaptation pretty much fails across the board.
December 30, 2010
Exploits a well known name in order to push an overwrought kids film that will not impress anyone over the age of twelve.
October 15, 2010
So, part propaganda piece (will everyone in Detroit start packing?) and mostly predictable, warmed-over rehash, I'm guessing most young girl fans of Will Smith's son will find Jaden to be the cat's meow in his first starring role.
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
August 3, 2010
The script is a lumbering, ponderous thing.
August 2, 2010
This is a remake, pure and simple. And remakes need to be very, very good to justify their existence...
July 30, 2010
How Harald Zwart, the director, justified bulking the film up to 140 minutes defies understanding.
July 28, 2010
Although the ever-reliable Chan's on hand to dispense hard-won wushu wisdom, Harold Zwart's awkward update brings little else to the ring.
July 28, 2010
There's only one area in which the film doesn't appear to be pandering to its perceived audience of impatient 10-year-olds, and that's its runtime.
July 28, 2010
a respectful reimagining of 1984's The Karate Kid, if somewhat less respectful of the Chinese, and too long to keep the attention of the new audience that it courts.
July 26, 2010
Just the awkward sight of a precocious, overly confident kid with limited natural ability and not enough technical skill being pushed front-and-centre to carry a movie he's not yet ready to carry.
July 12, 2010
Wax on, nod off.
July 8, 2010
While nobody's going to blame the failure of a major Hollywood movie on a pre-teen, there's no denying Smith's character could use a bit of a smack. Sulky, spoilt and frighteningly self-possessed, he's the picture of American arrogance.
July 8, 2010
An inspirational movie that has little inspiration to call its own.
July 6, 2010
Sometimes it's best just to leave a classic film alone.
July 6, 2010
A worthless, utterly disposable remake...
July 6, 2010
A two-and-a-half hour vanity vehicle for a smug showbiz kid yet to show signs of his executive producer dad's charisma. Wax pretty off.
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