The Karate Kid, Part III
The Karate Kid, Part III (1986)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 20, 1986
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Inspiration is in short supply in this third Karate Kid film, which recycles the basic narrative from its predecessors but adds scenery-chewing performances and a surprising amount of violence.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The pattern has so calcified that Gene Autry westerns seem like models of moral complexity by comparison.

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John Marriott
Radio Times

The script takes leave of reality at an early stage, and it all becomes increasingly daft and humourless with each scene.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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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Variety Staff

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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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A rather vicious melodrama and morality play that will bore most kids silly.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Suzi Feay
Time Out

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.

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Rob Beattie
Empire Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Third entry of The Karate Kid series is already a sign that it is too much and it shows the familiar elements of previous films in the series. The script is… More
Phil Hubbs
Again not as good as the first, of course, but its still actually quite good, getting alittle samey with the plot but it still works and lifts you by the end.… More
Martin Sahlin
Pretty much as good as the first one. Two real badasses here...
Conner Rainwater
More trouble from the Cobra Kai, this picks up after Daniel humiliated them in the tournament. I think it's a great overall story that really changes the… More
Dean King
A so-so third effort as the original rival sensi from the first wants help from his old army buddy to get revenge.
Lenny Muggsy
Way too serious. The Karate Kid is supposed to be fun, goofy, awesomely 80's, mixed with some cool martial arts like the crane kick. The 3rd installment… More