The Karate Kid

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6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 228 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 34 out of 228

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  1. May 17, 2011
    6
    movie was good. i say good not best because of the boring first half. nearly initial 40 minutes has been wasted without getting involved in the script. the next 20 minutes was beginning to pick the momentum. but again movie went on slow side. the last 30 minutes was amazingly surprising. climax was amazing. jackie chan and jade smith on screen chemistry was perfect as a teacher and studentmovie was good. i say good not best because of the boring first half. nearly initial 40 minutes has been wasted without getting involved in the script. the next 20 minutes was beginning to pick the momentum. but again movie went on slow side. the last 30 minutes was amazingly surprising. climax was amazing. jackie chan and jade smith on screen chemistry was perfect as a teacher and student especially after the car scene, where jade picks up jackie and training begins. good in parts and boring first half. you can watch the movie for second half. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    6
    All in all this remake of the 1984 hit is not nearly as good as the original, but doesnâ
  3. Jun 19, 2011
    6
    A good job updating a movie that was never a classic but was an iconic movie of the 80's, The fight scenes are more believable and arguably it is Jackie Chans best role.
  4. Sep 28, 2011
    6
    "The Karate Kid" is a pretty good remake of the 1980's version. Jackie Chan is always cool, but unfortunately he is the only person that handles the movie wisely. Don't expect anything from Smith's kid.
  5. May 11, 2012
    6
    They did the best job possible to try and make this into a good remake of the older Karate Kid movies, and it succeeds for the most part, because the story was handled pretty well.
  6. Dec 13, 2014
    6
    It doesn't have any kind of originality, but "The Karate Kid" still brings a satisfying update on the original while also delivers some decent performances from its cast.
  7. Nov 21, 2014
    6
    It SHOULD have been called the Kung Fu Kid. It's not even Karate!!!! And the casting was a little silly with Dre Parker's love interest (Awkward for a 12 year old anyways) was obviously too old for him. Jaden Smith was 11 in the making of this and his female love interest, Wenwen Han was 15 for most of it. I just couldn't buy them together, or even in the same grade for that matter.It SHOULD have been called the Kung Fu Kid. It's not even Karate!!!! And the casting was a little silly with Dre Parker's love interest (Awkward for a 12 year old anyways) was obviously too old for him. Jaden Smith was 11 in the making of this and his female love interest, Wenwen Han was 15 for most of it. I just couldn't buy them together, or even in the same grade for that matter.

    This isn't even a remake. They were just trying to draw in Karate Kid fans. Jackie Chan isn't even close to Mr. Miyagi, not in the same league. Jackie Chan was good in this but don't compare him or his character to Mr. Miyagi.

    I think it could have been a little bit longer.

    The movie overall was interesting and pretty good.
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  8. Dec 9, 2015
    6
    The Karate Kid was an amazing movie of 1984 , in 2010 , was slightly exciting, but surprisingly, also certainly entertaining, good job of Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.
  9. Nov 7, 2012
    5
    A well-acted family film that falls down and gets back up far too many times to be believable.
  10. Jan 17, 2014
    5
    The average remake of a classic, the new "Karate Kid" is less exciting and entertaining and more Jaden Smith trying to get his shoe in the door. See it if your kids want to, but not for yourself.
  11. May 17, 2015
    5
    The original 80's flick was heartwarming, this remake is in china and has one terrible actor Jaden Smith. I did not believe his acting, the only person who saves this movie is Jackie Chan. It's cliche'd and it copies off of the original scene to scene. Grade C
  12. Mar 13, 2015
    5
    I have to say it followed the typical kid becoming something story plot. Boy moves to new place, meets girl, then bully. That being said, maybe I'm just too picky about remakes or maybe its too high of a shoe to fill.
  13. Jan 16, 2016
    5
    it is pretty meh most of it is not that good.But the tournament battles were entertaining and helped make the movie a bit better then just a terrible remake.
  14. May 15, 2016
    5
    The Karate Kid [2010] is undoubtedly has the push towards a family movie watching evening with the popcorn and the coke, if one puts his/her nostalgic feel aside. it's a brand new movie, so there is no reason to compare it with the earlier versions other than the name which is absolutely irrelevant with the film [cliche cliche cliche]. It followed the skeleton of the movie from 1984 also,The Karate Kid [2010] is undoubtedly has the push towards a family movie watching evening with the popcorn and the coke, if one puts his/her nostalgic feel aside. it's a brand new movie, so there is no reason to compare it with the earlier versions other than the name which is absolutely irrelevant with the film [cliche cliche cliche]. It followed the skeleton of the movie from 1984 also, but in the end it never mattered a great deal.

    Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan did the full justice to the characters, so did all the other castings. The film started with a kid [Jaden] and his mother [Taraji P. Henson] moving to China to have a new life, where the kid was never satisfied and the mother was in "must be satisfied" kind of mindset. Later on same old bullies, same but not so same[my god !] Mr Miyagi kind of Mr Han saved the kid, same Dojo [Japan, I miss you !] visiting, same challenge, same climax and the story ends. Sounds really boring but it's not because in the way all those things were put together. The film came out in a new wrap.

    Mr Han was not like Mr Miyagi who leaves the student polishing, painting alone.....rather This Sifu prefers to stay with his student holding an umbrella just behind him, when he was tiredly practicing the "putting on and off" the jacket in the rain. This student never did hush-hush to make his drunk mentor to sleep when he was down by the unfortunate past, rather he dragged him to practice to make him feel strong. This is the true spirit of Kung Fu. Channelize your every action into a defense or offense aka effective move....everything is Kung Fu. Chinese landscapes, Shaolin touch, smart story line helped the long old story to be uttered in a brand new way. It's like chewing a burger and the taste is different, new and good. The kid's crush Mei Ying was so so until the dancing act which displays the hidden wildness under the restricted social shell.

    Beside all those new ingredients and the consciousness of the modern taste, the story became the weak part, because it had nothing new to offer. If the kid loses the tournament yet wins the hearts and defeats the bullies in the streets, leading a cool life, using Kung Fu as a self defending technique only....it would have been a revolution. It is always not important to win the competition to win the battle. In this point, it looses it's chance to be elevated to the standards like "Rocky" and "The Million Dollar Baby" but it surely had a possibility. In this point, it became just a good entertaining movie with a bunch of people complaining about the name issue, comparing with the old Karate Kid. The Karate Kid[2010] Had a chance to be one of the great films but the plot and the name selection ruined it all. so it became just another tea time movie in the holidays.
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  15. Mar 9, 2011
    4
    Will Smith's son cannot act. This movie takes away all meaning from the original and blows it up with special effects and horrible acting. If you loved the orginal, you will hate this!
  16. Sep 28, 2010
    4
    The original Karate Kid is not necessarily a classic in my eyes, but it is a film that I remember watching it as a child. So I was not too ecstatic watching it except for the fact Jackie Chan was in it, someone who actually has knowledge of martial arts. The film does an adequate job in recreating the "classic" film with its somewhat altered story of the cliched "boy gets girl" and "boyThe original Karate Kid is not necessarily a classic in my eyes, but it is a film that I remember watching it as a child. So I was not too ecstatic watching it except for the fact Jackie Chan was in it, someone who actually has knowledge of martial arts. The film does an adequate job in recreating the "classic" film with its somewhat altered story of the cliched "boy gets girl" and "boy gets revenge." But what makes this film from being a good movie is the age of the characters. While I am not saying Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, is an unsuited actor, but the age of the children is too young to be effective. Is a 10 year old vengeance really valid, or is it just an act of impulse? What made the original movie lovable was that the audience connected with the main character and ended up rooting for him. It is kind of difficult when the person you are cheering for is fighting for simply a frivolous rivalry. Expand
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. It's a measure of the times that the new version of The Karate Kid manages to be longer and bigger-budgeted than the original while having lesser impact.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    It's a sign of that pic's dramatic durability that "Kid" manages to be as absorbing as it is, despite its nearly 2½-hour running time.
  3. Jaden Smith is destined to be a star by the force of will (and wallets) of parents Will and Jada Smith, both producers on The Karate Kid. But he's also got the raw material.