The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

The Karate Kid, Part III



Critic Consensus: Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence.

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John G. Avildsen rehashes his shopworn formula for another go-round in The Karate Kid Part III. Going against the wishes of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), Daniel (Ralph Macchio) will defend his karate title in an All-Valley Championship match arranged by his nemesis Kreese (Martin Kove), whose karate studio folded after his star student lost the championship to Daniel. Kreese's friend, Vietnam veteran and toxic waste dumper Terry (Thomas Ian Griffith), agrees to help his old pal … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Mark Kamen, Alan Ormsby
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 10, 2001
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Terry Silver

as Daniel LaRusso

as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi

as Jessica Andrews

as John Kreese

as Mike Barnes

as Lucille

as Announcer

as Mrs. Milo

as Uncle Louie

as Milos

as Margaret

as Delivery Man

as Spectator #2

as Spectator #1

as Tahitian Girl #2

as Tahitian Girl #1

as Sparring Partner #2

as Sparring Partner #1

as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

The Karate Kid Part III is a brave but misguided attempt to restate the lesson through a narrative ploy that nearly always works, but here produces no more than recycling.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Part III, however, is not merely a disaster of the most uninspired contrivances but is actually unsuitable for youngsters, the series' natural audience.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

About all that enlivens The Karate Kid Part III is a screamingly over-the-top performance by Thomas Ian Griffith, who plays a toxic waste magnate and karate buff who hatches a madly complex plot to humiliate Daniel and his teacher.

Full Review… | July 15, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The makers of The Karate Kid Part III -- also responsible for its successful predecessors -- have either delivered or taken a few too many kicks to the head along the way.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

After suffering endless abuse, Daniel wins with just a few well placed whacks: those expecting standard wish-fulfilment fantasy will be disappointed that (in tune with the philosophy, of course) he didn't give the punk a pasting.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid, Part III

Third entry of The Karate Kid series is already a sign that it is too much and it shows the familiar elements of previous films in the series. The script is horrible, the plot suffers greatly, and the acting and directing are not up to par. There really is no need for a third sequel because part 2 was already pretty bad and pointless. This film lacked a truly engaging plot, great acting and good, memorable moments. The third film is a horrible, dull experience and it doesn't do anything to entertain you. Fragments of the original plot are still here, but the film lacks in new, effective ideas that really works. I hated the film, was really bored with it, and just when you think the franchise would get worst, they filmed The Next Karate Kid, which was awful, and went where the previous films went. The only difference is, the first one was a great, well written, memorable and fun picture that was compelling; however these films fail to deliver the magic that the original did. Poor acting, with a poor script and top it off with poor, sketchy directing from director John G. Avildsen, who directed the first one, it's a shame that he couldn't recapture the moments of the original. This is a bland addition to the series that isn't worth checking out. This third film adds nothing truly compelling, and I truly hated this film, and it's even clearer that sequels to the original were not necessary whatsoever. Watch with caution.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Pretty much as good as the first one. Two real badasses here...

Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


A so-so third effort as the original rival sensi from the first wants help from his old army buddy to get revenge.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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