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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
75

A pleasing but overlong version of the Rocky story told through the character of a put-upon young high school student who learns karate from an old Japanese master to vanquish the local school bullies. There is no reason this simple story should run 2 hours and 10 minutes. Such a running time strains the good will generated by a cast full of likable performances. [22 June 1984, p.12]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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The Karate Kid might have been more endurable, maybe even endearing, if its runtime had been trimmed of a solid 30 minutes.

Metacritic review by Chris Cabin
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine