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The Karate Kid, Part III Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 15, 2014
Part III, however, is not merely a disaster of the most uninspired contrivances but is actually unsuitable for youngsters, the series' natural audience.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
John Marriott
Radio Times
July 15, 2014
The script takes leave of reality at an early stage, and it all becomes increasingly daft and humourless with each scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 15, 2014
A rather vicious melodrama and morality play that will bore most kids silly.
Rob Beattie
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2014
Morita still charms, Macchio still tightropes between petulence and raw optimism, whilst the fight scenes are competent enough to offset the woeful romantic sub-plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
July 15, 2014
Griffith's over-the-top toxic-waste king [is] an unbelievably sadistic type who enjoys tilting his head back to laugh maniacally every three minutes or so, and who is one of few signs of life in this brain-dead movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 15, 2014
The Karate Kid Part III is a slickly produced adventure of the most simple-minded kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 15, 2014
Karate Kid III has emerged as the front runner for the worst sequel of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
December 30, 2010
Disappointing, often violent sequel is for series fans only.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 25, 2010
The unevenness of The Karate Kid movies reaches its peak in The Karate Kid Part III...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
June 9, 2010
The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
It's difficult to believe that nearly every member of the primary artistic team from the first two features returned for the third Kid installment, and this was the cruel abomination that resulted.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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.
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Suzi Feay
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
November 27, 2005
A performance from Macchio so irritating that the goodwill left over from the The Karate Kid is gone in a finger-snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 6, 2005
A bit of an improvement over the second installment, but so what?
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 1, 2005
From hero to punk in 2 hours.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
August 30, 2004
With its sluggish script and unaging characters, The Karate Kid Part III has the rote sense of film makers trying to crank out another moneymaker.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 23, 2004
This is one karate chop too many...master Morita and student Macchio should have stopped before overstaying their welcome in this tepid follow-up
| Original Score: 2/5
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