Box art for The Next Karate Kid

The Next Karate Kid

action & adventure, children & family, drama

When ancient wisdom takes on teenage spunk, 1,000 years of karate tradition gets a swift kick in the pants.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 9
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Violent sequel doesn't benefit from gender change.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids will see recurring, vengeful beatings and hear a moderate smattering of "hells" and "damns." As throughout the Karate Kid series, fighting is presented as the solution to most conflicts/problems. There's also reckless driving, bungee jumping, overtones of teen sexual harassment, and lots of showdowns. But Julie is also ultimately a strong female character who learns to believe in herself.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how violence is depicted in the movie. Could the charaters have solved their problems in other ways?
  • Is fighting ever the right response to conflict?
  • Is Julie a good role model? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

3 stars

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

4 stars

This is Legend.

- ScoopOnline, Wednesday, December 9, 2009