The Next Karate Kid
The Next Karate Kid (1994)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 12, 1994
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Next Karate Kid is noteworthy for giving audiences the chance to see a pre-Oscars Hilary Swank, but other than a typically solid performance from Pat Morita, this unnecessary fourth installment in the franchise has very little to offer.

John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Clifford Terry
Chicago Tribune

Only the reasonably-appealing performances of Morita and newcomer Swank keep it all from becoming even more of a loser.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An irrelevant foot note in the "Karate Kid" series that can be overlooked if only for being so vanilla.

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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times

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!

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Not that girls will go see this or boys will care.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Lisa Nesselson

The franchise is still kicking -- but not very high.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

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!

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Fourth and final entry in the series is a mess from start to finish, one that never should have been made. I never got the fact why they kept making films to… More
Conner Rainwater
I don't really know why anyone felt the need to make the female version of The Karate Kid, but this was about as good as you could expect. The acting from… More
Michael Edwards
Funny and i found it much more entertaining than the other 3 movies, mainly because miyagi has much more screen time and is much funnier
Wahida K
This is Legend.
Phil Hubbs
The same kinda story but with a new apprentice, enter a girl who needs Miyagi's help with the usual bully problems. Yes its the same but it still works… More
Jason Spencer
This is an average movie that suffers from being forced into a series it shouldn't have been in. As a Karate Kid movie is feels a little forced. As… More