75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The one thing that should have been changed but hasn’t is the title, which makes no sense at all in a movie about kung fu.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The kung fu sequences, although enjoyable, probably would not make the Jackie Chan Top 10. However, Chan's acting is his most affecting since the 1993 policer "Crime Story."
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A fine, fun remake of a movie that updates, transplants and reimagines the original without sacrificing its heart or goofy charm.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Fun, and believable, on the most important level: It convinces us that Jaden Smith has what it takes to fight his way to the top.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Solidly entertaining.
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70

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It has heart and a good kick.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
You could also say it's like they're likable tourists on a quest to plunder an endearing movie that didn't need this mediocre remake.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Short review of three little words: Way. Too. Long.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
It's a measure of the times that the new version of The Karate Kid manages to be longer and bigger-budgeted than the original while having lesser impact.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Despite the local color, the movie isn't especially globalized. The major characters all speak English, and the action sequences throb to the music of Lady Gaga, the Roots and Gorillaz.
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61 out of 100
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