The Next Karate Kid
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Karate Kid, Part 4 is better known by its release title, The Next Karate Kid. The sole holdover from the first three KK flicks is Noriyuki "Pat" Morita, once more cast as janitor/martial arts maven Miyagi Yakuga. This time, his pupil is orphaned 17-year-old Hilary Swank, the granddaughter of Miyagi's war buddy. Relentlessly bullied by her male classmates and feeling responsible for her parents' fatal accident, Swank is taught self-worth through the tough-but-gentle guidance of Miyagi. While The Next Karate Kid may come off as too "PC" for the tastes of some fans, it… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

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"The Next Karate Kid is harmless as children's entertainment, but for 104 very long minutes, there isn't a recognizable human being in sight."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Only the reasonably-appealing performances of Morita and newcomer Swank keep it all from becoming even more of a loser."
‑ Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune
"An irrelevant foot note in the "Karate Kid" series that can be overlooked if only for being so vanilla."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This desperate attempt to keep the franchise alive and kicking resorts to a backhanded kind of political correctness: introducing a surly teenage girl karate expert who goes around talking about "kicking butt.""
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"...a weak sequel that boasts few compelling attributes aside from Pat Morita's expectedly stirring turn as Mr. Miyagi."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The overt message of any Karate Kid movie: Don't fight unless you absolutely have to. The implicit message: You'll always have to. Let the smitings begin!"
‑ Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times
"Not that girls will go see this or boys will care."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A few pre-prom dance lessons are the only significant departure from the tried and tested chop-socky formula, although Michael Ironside is good value as Swank's sinister gym teacher."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Swank and Morita make a personable pair, enough so that we don't miss Macchio. The monks exude a benevolent presence in a film less trivial than it could have been."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Almost a guilty pleasure. But not quite."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"While the message that a girl can defend herself against the boys threatening her is a good one, it's lost in a movie where the bullies look like Mussolini's bodyguards and where Julie waits for her boyfriend and Miyagi to come to her defense."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The franchise is still kicking -- but not very high."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"Amid its familiar banalities and formula twists, The Next Karate Kid comes up with one new idea for dealing with difficult American teen-agers: ship 'em off to a Buddhist monastery for two weeks!"
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Violent sequel doesn't benefit from gender change."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Overlong and utterly predictable, The Next Karate Kid offers little excitement, even in its culminating fight sequence."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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