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The Karate Kid, Part III Reviews

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
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.
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
June 9, 2010
The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
Morita, who was Oscar-nominated for the original, remains a likable stick figure, but Macchio has gone from cute to typecast here, his waifish charm turned to gawky adulthood.
January 1, 2000
This material is wearing out its welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4