Best of the Best (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Best of the Best (1989)




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Learning the value of teamwork, the racially diverse U.S. karate team must work through their personal troubles to successfully participate in the upcoming international competition.

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Sally Kirkland
as Catherine
Chris Penn
as Travis Brickley
John Dye
as Virgil
Louise Fletcher
as Alex's Mother
Simon Rhee
as Dae Han
Tom Everett
as Don Peterson
John P. Ryan
as Jennings
Edan Gross
as Walter Grady
Ahmad Rashad
as Himself
Master Hee Il Cho
as Korean Coach
James Lew
as Sae Jin Kwon
Ken Nagayama
as Yung Kim
Dae Kyu Chang
as Tung Sung Moon
Samantha Scully
as Carol Ann
Calvin Bartlett
as Dr. Weisman
Helen Funai
as Tommy's Mother
Eugene Choe
as Little Tommy
David Rody
as Announcer at Try Outs
Steve Hulin
as Buzz Cut
Orion Masters
as Gate Attendant
Miriam Ezra
as Tommy's Secretary
David Park
as Tommy's Older Brother
Hee Cho II
as Korean Coach
Kwang Jae Lee
as Announcer
R. Lee Telford
as Referee #1
Ricky Barnard
as Referee #2
Danny Gibson
as Referee #3
Greg Williams
as Referee #4
Pete Antico
as Townie #1
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Critic Reviews for Best of the Best

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

There is not a single scene in this movie that I found amusing, original or interesting. What we really have here is a documentary of the actors wasting their lives.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

...a watchable yet entirely forgettable drama...

October 30, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps in attempts to capitalize on the success of the original Karate Kid movie series (1984-89), this unfortunate movie was green lit. But nothing about Best of the Best is accurate or good.

July 30, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

I LOVE this movie. Bad sequels take away from the original.

January 8, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Surprisingly not-awful cable-flick action-fest!

July 25, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Best of the Best

A half decent martial arts flick as a USA team take on a well trained Korean team. A bit slow to get going but the fights are pretty good towards the end. A kinda grown up karate kid.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

A team is not a team if you don't give a damn about each other.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Amazing karate competition of an underdog U.S. national karate team battles for the world title in this martial arts Rocky.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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