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88
If you've seen “The Karate Kid” (1984), the memories will come back during this 2010 remake. That's a compliment.
75
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.
75
A fine, fun remake of a movie that updates, transplants and reimagines the original without sacrificing its heart or goofy charm.
75
Solidly entertaining.
75
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."
70
It has heart and a good kick.
70
If only the director had learned Mr. Han's most important lesson: Being still and doing nothing are two very different things.
50
Short review of three little words: Way. Too. Long.
50
Wall Street Journal
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.
50
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.
50
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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