Box art for The Karate Kid (2010)

The Karate Kid (2010)

action & adventure, children & family, drama, sports

In Columbia Pictures' The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The new Karate Kid runs with the original's underdog structure, mixed with on-screen fights and words of wisdom, but major changes rip the heart out of what was a touching coming-of-age journey anyone could relate to.

- Ben McEachen, Sunday Times (Australia), Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Entertaining. Pays a bit too much homage to the original and in a cheesy fashion while racing too fast to an overdone ending.

- jagfire, Saturday, November 13, 2010

3 stars

Better than initially anticipated remake of the 1980's classic of the same name. My main problem would be execution. In the original, you could really see the main character getting better, and the chemistry between teacher and pupil. But in this remake, Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan effortless go through the motions, sprinkled in with a little modernizing back talk from a child to an adult. This lack of authenticity holds this film back from being something special, because otherwise, the writers did a good job modernizing it and making it wholly unique from it's predecessor.

- DerekA101, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2 stars

Come on, would it have killed them to call this one The Kung Fu Kid? I mean they even make a point in the movie about there being a big difference between karate and kung fu. Really, guys, come on. If not for Jackie Chan, this movie would be a bust. Like Jet Li, he has become quite a good actor over the years. And it is Jackie Chan, so why haven't you seen this already : ) Can't beat the original Karate Kid, however, although Chan is at least as good in the mentor role as Pat Morita.

- binky013, Friday, November 5, 2010