The Next Karate Kid
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Violent sequel doesn't benefit from gender change.
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Rotten: 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.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rotten: 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!
- Chris Willman, Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rotten: Only the reasonably-appealing performances of Morita and newcomer Swank keep it all from becoming even more of a loser.
- Clifford Terry, Chicago Tribune, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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 well, Morita makes it really but Swank is very good and looks like she can do the moves. It is one story too far really but it just gets by, the plot involving Morita's background and Swanks father being old war buddies does actually work, in the end its a kids film but much much more and soo much better than most. Better than you would expect.
- phubbs1, Saturday, June 19, 2010
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 Hilary Swank is fine as well as Pat Morita, it's just nowhere close to the original series in terms of overall quality and originality. This is a little bit more corny and less powerful. Again, it's better than you might expect but certainly not good.
- ythelastman89, Friday, June 11, 2010