The Karate Kid, Part III
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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 regain the championship trophy. Daniel's rival Mike Barnes (Sean Kanan) is known… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The script takes leave of reality at an early stage, and it all becomes increasingly daft and humourless with each scene."
‑ John Marriott, Radio Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Disappointing, often violent sequel is for series fans only."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"Part III, however, is not merely a disaster of the most uninspired contrivances but is actually unsuitable for youngsters, the series' natural audience."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A rather vicious melodrama and morality play that will bore most kids silly."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The Karate Kid Part III is a slickly produced adventure of the most simple-minded kind."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"The unevenness of The Karate Kid movies reaches its peak in The Karate Kid Part III..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Suzi Feay, Time Out
"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."
‑ Rob Beattie, Empire Magazine
"Karate Kid III has emerged as the front runner for the worst sequel of the summer."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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