The Karate Kid (2010) Synopsis
An American boy learns kung fu from a Chinese master.
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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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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...
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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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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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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Solidly entertaining.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It has heart and a good kick.
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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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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Short review of three little words: Way. Too. Long.
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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...
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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...
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By willbs21
this movie is absolutely terrible....

Yet Another Afrocentric Remake... No Prejudice. JUST THE FACTS !!!

This posting is NOT written with prejudice. It"s simply an objective observation. #1 I guess Will Smith didn't see "THE HONEYMOONERS" or LISTEN TO COUNTLESS PIECES OF GREAT MUSIC THAT WERE...

Soared passed my expectations

By redyeah
Like everyone else who loved the original, I was ready to hate this movie before even seeing it. But I saw a free screening last night, and I am so glad I did. This version had enough of its own...

sweep the leg

By kneeland55
Miogi do Vs. Cobra Kia...can you say jedi Vs. lord sith...yea its that good! Daniel son totally crane kicks johnny in the face at the end (and the rest of the movie is pretty cool to) if you like old...

Surprisingly good for a remake

By jeanne_bean
I went to a free preview of The Karate Kid expecting a terrible hack job. Instead I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. Yes, it does echo the original classic with Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san, but I...

Saw Early Screening

By N_odie
I was lucky enough to have gotten an early screening of the movie. I went in with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised. This is a fantastic movie and the story line followed suit. I recommend...


By shibusawaj
number one this movie is called the karate kid so y is is it about kung fu number 2 the old ones wer in japan so y is jackie chan who is chineas in this movie i dont think the people who wrote the...


By Movie_Buff_86
I just came back from seeing "The Karate Kid" and i have to say that i was very impressed. It was much more than i can ask for. Of course, nothing compares to the original back in 1984 but i think...

The Karate Kid Movie Review

By Asianfreak
88 out of 100 Ain't better than wax on, wax off but a powerful, exciting, heart-warming tradition to the classic....

Great family entertainment - better than first movie

By Pammo1949
This movie is a "must go". The bullying story line is similar but more intense. The cinematography was amazing - China is so beautiful and the movie takes you there - on streets and as a tourist...

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Rated PG | For bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Remake has new stars, new country, but same winning spirit.
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