Ip Man

Ip Man



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Ip Man Reviews

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2010
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 7, 2010
Simon Abrams
New York Press

It remains an inexplicable, contextless bit of kung fu historicosploitation -- albeit a very satisfying one.

Full Review Source: New York Press

October 6, 2010
Diva Velez

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 Source: TheDivaReview.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 3, 2010
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.67/10

October 2, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 1, 2010
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

First-rate martial-arts film about Bruce Lee's real-life teacher.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 1, 2010
Mike Hale
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 1, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club

As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

September 30, 2010
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 28, 2010
Cole Smithey

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 Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

September 21, 2010
Sean Axmaker

It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing.

Full Review Source: Seanax.com

August 11, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The movie is clearly hagiographic, but this aspect and its general function as a martial arts movie are supported greatly by Yen.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

August 9, 2010
Jeremy Heilman

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 Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 50/100

June 27, 2010
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

The action is enthralling even if the storyline doesn't always have the ring of truth about it.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Andrew Pulver
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

The film's hagiographical simplicity makes the Rocky movies look profound, but this is still a spirited tale with excellent martial-arts scenes.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

A respectful biopic designed to pay cinematic homage to one of the great kung-fu masters and spread the word about the man.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2009
Keith Stuart
Filmstar Magazine

An enthralling, and at times moving, tale, told by Hong Kong action director Wilson Yip with considerable theatrical flourish.

Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 4, 2009
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