The Next Karate Kid Reviews

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August 7, 2014
An irrelevant foot note in the "Karate Kid" series that can be overlooked if only for being so vanilla.
June 14, 2013
A few pre-prom dance lessons are the only significant departure from the tried and tested chop-socky formula, although Michael Ironside is good value as Swank's sinister gym teacher.
June 14, 2013
Amid its familiar banalities and formula twists, The Next Karate Kid comes up with one new idea for dealing with difficult American teen-agers: ship 'em off to a Buddhist monastery for two weeks!
June 14, 2013
This desperate attempt to keep the franchise alive and kicking resorts to a backhanded kind of political correctness: introducing a surly teenage girl karate expert who goes around talking about "kicking butt."
June 14, 2013
The Next Karate Kid is harmless as children's entertainment, but for 104 very long minutes, there isn't a recognizable human being in sight.
May 22, 2013
The overt message of any Karate Kid movie: Don't fight unless you absolutely have to. The implicit message: You'll always have to. Let the smitings begin!
May 22, 2013
While the message that a girl can defend herself against the boys threatening her is a good one, it's lost in a movie where the bullies look like Mussolini's bodyguards and where Julie waits for her boyfriend and Miyagi to come to her defense.
May 22, 2013
Swank and Morita make a personable pair, enough so that we don't miss Macchio. The monks exude a benevolent presence in a film less trivial than it could have been.
May 22, 2013
Only the reasonably-appealing performances of Morita and newcomer Swank keep it all from becoming even more of a loser.
September 7, 2011
Not that girls will go see this or boys will care.
December 15, 2010
Violent sequel doesn't benefit from gender change.
June 25, 2010
...a weak sequel that boasts few compelling attributes aside from Pat Morita's expectedly stirring turn as Mr. Miyagi.
March 26, 2009
The franchise is still kicking -- but not very high.
March 12, 2008
Almost a guilty pleasure. But not quite.
March 12, 2008
Overlong and utterly predictable, The Next Karate Kid offers little excitement, even in its culminating fight sequence.
September 12, 2006
Desperately trying to infuse new blood into the 1980s franchise, the fourth installment is a hodgepodge that fashions recycled ideas and characters; the rebllious girl is played Hilary Swank, who would go to Oscar glory.
November 27, 2005
Swank, here demonstrating that for as wooden and exasperating as her performance is in this picture, it's the only performance she's ever contributed to any film.
July 13, 2005
Formula still grabs, even with Swank as "Kid"
May 16, 2005
January 8, 2005
One time to the well too many.
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