Ip Man Reviews

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 28, 2010
A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
October 7, 2010
An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Abrams
New York Press
October 6, 2010
It remains an inexplicable, contextless bit of kung fu historicosploitation -- albeit a very satisfying one.
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
October 3, 2010
Not only is it one of the most entertaining and exciting movies out of Hong Kong for many years; Ip Man is a bona fide martial arts classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 2, 2010
A dazzling, exhilarating, refreshingly character-driven and thoroughly captivating experience that must be seen on the big screen. It's unlike any martial arts film you've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.67/10
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 1, 2010
Wilson Yip has crafted a gripping, rousing, beautifully structured yarn, built around a calm but charismatic star performance by Donnie Yen and magnificent action sequences choreographed by the legendary Sammo Hung.
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 1, 2010
First-rate martial-arts film about Bruce Lee's real-life teacher.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
October 1, 2010
The fanboys and girls won't notice such failings amid the displays of wing chun kung fu--the extras and body doubles do some truly impressive acrobatics--and those with a taste for big historical tearjerkers will be happy as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 1, 2010
If you're looking for great action scenes, you've found them. But if you desire more than eye candy, such as character and plot development and historical accuracy, you'll have to look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 30, 2010
As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
September 29, 2010
Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
September 28, 2010
Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 21, 2010
The astonishing fight scenes are some of the most exciting ever filmed in a martial arts movie that raises the bar for the genre. For any martial arts fan, "Ip Man" is mandatory viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
August 11, 2010
It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing.
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 9, 2010
The movie is clearly hagiographic, but this aspect and its general function as a martial arts movie are supported greatly by Yen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 27, 2010
First and foremost, Ip Man is an excuse for Yen to demonstrate his newfound mastery of the Wing Chun style. On that front, the film succeeds brilliantly.
Full Review | Original Score: 50/100
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
October 4, 2009
The action is enthralling even if the storyline doesn't always have the ring of truth about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
October 4, 2009
Yip's film benefits from crisp cinematography and an engaging 'Seven Samurai'-style storyline, but it's Sammo Hung's superbly choreographed kick-ass fight scenes that dazzle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
October 4, 2009
Ip Man is a highly competent, even slick biopic, but by reshaping its protagonist's life story towards cinematic convention, it ends up being just another martial arts movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
October 4, 2009
There's a pleasingly old-fashioned air to all the flying drop-kicks and straight-finger jabs, even if it lacks the cinematic agility we have now come to expect from this kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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