The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid (1984)

Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies. He is rescued by Japanese janitor Miyagi (Noriyuki "Pat" Morita), who agrees to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 22, 1984
DVD Release Date: April 14, 1998
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Utterly predictable and wholly of its time, but warm, sincere, and difficult to resist, due in large part to Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio's relaxed chemistry.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

This film's art consists entirely of hiding the cynicism of its calculations under an agreeably modest and disarming manner.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.

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Diego Galán
El Pais (Spain)

. . .The adventures of this vengeful boy only inspires indifference. . .[Full Review in Spanish]

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Variety Staff

Morita is simply terrific, bringing the appropriate authority and wisdom to the part.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets.

John Ferguson
Radio Times

Macchio rises above the trite script to deliver a sympathetic and believable performance. Morita is equally good value and look out, too, for Elisabeth Shue in an early role.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A surprise summer hit in the States, this is another film-making-by-numbers exercise in teenage wish-fulfilment.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's primitive, predatory stuff.

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Emanuel Levy

Upbeat, sentimental and predictable tale, but the acting of Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita (who was Oscar-nominated) is good and their friendship charming.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
A fun, memorable and inspirational family film, The Karate Kid is a terrific film that will please viewers of all ages. This is a wonderful, accomplished film… More
Directors Cat
It's a very predictable film. But it doesn't matter. Because the Karate Kid is one of the most heartwarming films ever made. With one the best screen… More
danny d
every watch solidifies my feelings for this film that im sure ive seen a dozen times. my love for elizabeth shue is part of the reason i struggle with the… More
Cassie Hill
Over the last 20 years there have been a lot of great movies and there has also been some awful movies as well. But the 80s was a golden age that impressed the… More
Tyler Robertson
The classic story of friendship and coming of age. Karate Kid tells the story of Daniel LaRusso played by Ralph Macchio who learns karate from his elderly… More
Jim Careter
A really good movie, but I like the updated one better, still a great movie though.