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The Karate Kid (2010)



Critic Consensus: It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original.

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When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Upon arriving at his new school, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) develops a powerful crush on pretty classmate Mei Ying. The feeling is mutual, although the cultural divide between Dre and Mei Ying makes a friendship unlikely, and romance impossible. When cruel classmate and kung fu prodigy Cheng learns of Dre's feelings for Mei Ying, he harasses and humiliates the young outsider in front of the entire school. With no one to turn to for help, Dre confides his fears in kindly maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who knows that serenity and maturity -- not punches and power -- are the true keys to mastering the martial arts. As Dre prepares to face down his intimidating tormentor, he begins to realize that the real fight is just beginning. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jaden Smith
as Dre Parker
Jackie Chan
as Mr. Han
Taraji P. Henson
as Sherry Parker
Han Wenwen
as Meiying
Rongguang Yu
as Master Li
Zhensu Wu
as Meiying's Dad
Zhiheng Wang
as Meiying's Mom
Yi Zhao
as Zhuang
Jared Minns
as Dre's Detroit Friend
Rocky Shi
as Ur Dang
Wang Ji
as Mrs. Po
Harry Van Gorkum
as Music Instructor
Tess Liu
as History Teacher
Xinha Guo
as Tournament Doctor
Jijun Zhai
as Mat 4 Referee
Shun Li
as Mat 5 Referee
Yanyan Wu
as Mrs. Xie
Tao Ji
as Announcer
Chen Jing
as Man on Plane Speaking Chinese
Wentai Liu
as Dude From Detroit
Geliang Liang
as Ping Pong Man
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Critic Reviews for The Karate Kid

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (44)

The script is a lumbering, ponderous thing.

August 3, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

There's life in this franchise yet.

July 30, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

How Harald Zwart, the director, justified bulking the film up to 140 minutes defies understanding.

July 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The story's good intentions survive, largely because of Chan's way of tenderising his approach to martial arts with humour and humility.

July 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's as sweet-natured a movie as you could expect about a 12-year-old learning to beat the crap out of his schoolmates.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The film becomes less interesting as the predictable climax approaches, and the acting isn't strong enough to redeem the tired material.

July 6, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Karate Kid

Respectable remake of the classic film of the same name, The Karate Kid is an entertaining, fun film for the entire family. The movie was enjoyable, but there were many things that I didn't like. The choice of the lead actor being Jaden Smith was questionable and I found him more annoying than anything. I personally feel that another actor could have played his part. I mean really, the kid's acting is horrible. A performance that really stood out for me was that of Jackie Chan, I really am not a fan of his work, and he was wonderful here. He finally was able to make a good film after a few years doing bad ones. The fight scenes are great, very well done and intense as well. Although the film suffers from the usual remake aspects, such as not being able to capture the essence of the original, this is still a good flick, and it is very entertaining, but the original is far better. The direction is good, but never great, and the plot does leave a lot for improvement. I really liked the fact that the film was set in China, and it added an authentic flavor to the Karate Kid, which is what stands out the most about the film. Overall this is a fun, worthwhile film that succeeds just enough where most remakes fail. Even with all its flaws, the film does have an important message, standing up for yourself, and it makes you feel good as the lead character gets even by defining himself and defeating his bully in a karate tournament. Even with Smith's annoying performance, the film has enough good elements to make it worth seeing.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A well done remake that definitely makes me want to learn Karate. Or whatever martial arts he actually learns. Some awesome visuals of China too.

Sophie Burgess
Sophie Burgess

Super Reviewer


Jaden Smith proves that he can act in this modern remake of the 1980's classic film. With an unusually dramatic (but excellent) performance from Jackie Chan, and an always fantastic Taraji P. Henson, The Karate Kid will please fans of the original and newcomers alike. The cinematography is superb, showcasing rural and modern China. By the end, The Karate Kid had me nearly on my feet cheering. A worth remake of the original, and a riveting, suspenseful crowd-pleaser.

Raymond Wieser
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

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