The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid (2010)

When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 5, 2010
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original.

Dana Stevens

It's as sweet-natured a movie as you could expect about a 12-year-old learning to beat the crap out of his schoolmates.

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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle

If the movie's overlong (and it is, by about 20 minutes), it's long for a reason: It gives Dre time to grow.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

A cliched and predictable script mixed with the miscasting of Jaden Smith make The Karate Kid a pretty dull film. Stick with the original.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The latest "The Karate Kid" will probably work best for young audiences unaware of its predecessor - or of much of anything else for that matter.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The script follows the predictable path from humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

This remake is fun, lighthearted and enormously entertaining. A great family film.

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A.O. Scott
At the Movies

It's not as good as the 1984 version. I say that not just out of nostalgia, but because I think that that was a more satisfying drama.

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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies

This year's Kid lacks the light-hearted buoyancy of the original; it's heavier with loss and a particularly vicious cruelty.

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Jeff Beck

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Respectable remake of the classic film of the same name, The Karate Kid is an entertaining, fun film for the entire family. The movie was enjoyable, but there… More
Martin Sahlin
Well the good thing about this that it is completley different from the original. Cause if the just tried to do the same would be a lot… More
Sophie Burgess
A well done remake that definitely makes me want to learn Karate. Or whatever martial arts he actually learns. Some awesome visuals of China too.
Conner Rainwater
I was really surprised at how much I liked the remake of what I consider one of my favorite movies. While it's plot and structure are basically the same,… More
Raymond Wieser
Jaden Smith proves that he can act in this modern remake of the 1980's classic film. With an unusually dramatic (but excellent) performance from Jackie… More
Bethany Murphy
Really enjoyed this film. I think Zhenwei Wang made me laugh the most. 'You so fanny.' Seriously, you can't beat it. Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan… More