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The Karate Kid III

Daniel is in danger of losing it all when he places pride before principle in this powerful sequel to the hit feature films. Starring RALPH MACCHIO and NORIYUKI "PAT" MORITA.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
0 out of 5

Disappointing, often violent sequel is for series fans only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that revenge and bad intentions move the plot here. Some of the karate is vicious, and the trouble-making participants do not adhere to the principles of the martial arts. There are a few bloody fights. One sequence that might be frightening to young viewers finds tough guys threatening and endangering two heroes on a steep cliff. Mild coarse language is heard occasionally. Mr. Miyagi, wise mentor to The Karate Kid, is referred to as a "slope," an Asian slur. One character smokes cigars and drinks champagne.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Mr. Miyagi teaches Daniel much more than karate moves. What life lessons does Daniel learn? What other films have you seen that do a good job of portraying such a strong mentor-student relationship?
  • The filmmakers made the villains in this movie very cartoonish: sneering most of the time, laughing at the heroes, and fighting very unfairly. Were they believable villains? Memorable?
  • Daniel's spirit is compared to a bonsai tree. How does Daniel "choose how he grows" like the magical tree on the mountain side?
  • If you've seen The Karate Kid and/or The Karate Kid, Part II, did this sequel meet your expectations? Why or why not? What sequels have you seen that you liked as much as or even more than the original?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It was alright.

- dreamfaeries, Tuesday, November 7, 2006

2 stars

Ay, the Karate Kid part III is a dissapointing film. For one it looks as though Ralph Macchio hasn't hit the gym in awhile, there is a severe drop in characters and their interactions, and the direction of a poor script just comes across as possible wasted potential.

- shortcartoonist, Friday, April 28, 2006

2 stars

They should have just stopped with the 2nd one

- ashleymh007, Tuesday, July 10, 2007