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The Karate Kid


A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    81%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    90%
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  • Audience

    81%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Perhaps a touch on the corny side and undeniably broad, Kid is a ridiculously rewarding drama that puts pure sincerity to marvelous use, inflating a mild underdog story into an inspiring tale of education and developing friendship.

- Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Predictable yet satisfying...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Friday, June 25, 2010

Fresh: Avildsen crafted an inspired movie with the perfect mix of 80's bravado and 70's artistic integrity.

- Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Wednesday, July 21, 2010

5 stars

There won't every truly be a movie like this, it's about as close to Rocky as teen movies will ever get. With a combination of bloodthirsty villains (Cobra Kai) that only the 80s could produce and wisdom from Mr. Miyagi, you're truly in for a ride of your life. Nice guys don't come more clean cut than Ralph Macchio, he's very much the Sly Stone of teen stars. You just feel so much compassion for his character, maybe because he's such an underdog. The story itself is so powerful and uplifting that it's impossible to not fall in love with. On top of that it's beautifully shot and executed in a way that few movies at the time were. It's a fun and serious movie at the same time.

- ythelastman89, Friday, June 11, 2010

4 stars

"Wax on... wax off. Wax on... wax off." A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting. REVIEW Dont know too many who hated this, the story of toothpick sized kid (Macchio) from Jersey who gets a daily beating from Valley boys after moving to California. A harmless looking handyman surprises the hell out of Macchios' tormentors one night, and one of the most memorable relationships on screen was created. Mr. Miyagi and Daniel, the older oriental and the young teenager are two of the best characters you'll ever see. Everybody will forever remember "wax on, wax off," Morita's many "Daniel-sans!," or one of the most recognizable poses ever, the Crane Technique. The climax is extremely uplifting and unless you're horribly unemotional, you'll smile everytime.

- mrpopcorn, Friday, April 2, 2010