The Karate Kid

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

'80s classic is still fun for families with older tweens.

PG 1984 127 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 85 reviews

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age 5+

I watched it when I was 4

I can't believe the ratings of 11 and 12. Has the world gone crazy?.I have a 6 year old. and I'm going to watch it with him. It's a kids movie. All these recommendations you need to cut by half. If a little kid can't watch Karate Kid then he can't watch any movie. Ridiculous.
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age 10+

Y'all rlly talking about 16+ it's pg

I been watching this since I was 6 a lot of kid movies curse home alone good burger at least they censored it out like wth

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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