The Karate Kid (1984)

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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Cast

  • Ralph Macchio
  • Noriyuki "Pat" Morita
  • Elisabeth Shue
  • Randee Heller
  • Martin Kove
  • William Zabka
  • Chad McQueen
  • Tony O'Dell
  • Ron Thomas
  • Rob Garrison

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Metacritic

100

The Karate Kid was one of the nice surprises of 1984 -- an exciting, sweet-tempered, heart-warming story with one of the most interesting friendships in a long time.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
60

Ralph Macchio's transformation from high school geek to butt-kicking tough guy, thanks to a little help from Chinese sage Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki 'Pat' Morita) and his homespun Oriental wisdom, is entertaining enough.

Metacritic review by Caroline Westbrook
Caroline Westbrook
Empire
60

When karate is not being treated as the latest excuse for an Impossible Dream success story, and when the film is able to find more in Daniel's martial-arts career than pure Rocky-esque competitiveness, The Karate Kid exhibits warmth and friendly, predictable humor, its greatest assets.

Metacritic review by Janet Maslin
Janet Maslin
The New York Times