June 12th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

'Karate Kid' actually kicks out a winner

Our instincts – and old adages – tell us that if something isn’t broke, we shouldn’t fix it, and that applies to classic 80s movies as well. Hollywood, on the other hand, lives by the rule of, “did it make money before? Then let’s do it again!”

Such is the case with "The Karate Kid" - in theaters this weekend - but despite the mixed feelings of the original “Karate Kid” Ralph Macchio and the public’s apprehension to see a “Karate” remake, the 2010 spin just may be worth checking out. The general consensus from critics seems to be, “have nothing better to do this weekend? Eh, why not?”

Although Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith financing this project as a vehicle for their 11-year-old, Jaden, did raise some eyebrows, reviewers seem to be taken with the young Smith, and count his budding acting skills as one of the chief reasons to spend cash on a theater ticket. Read on for the round-up:


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