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Ip Man: The Final Fight Reviews

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Chris Sawin

It's admirable that Ip Man: The Final Fight takes a different approach to the character than the other Ip Man films out there, but it lacks the excitement that made Ip Man and Ip Man 2 so entertaining.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

November 14, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

More a frequently elegant drama than an outright action movie.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 29, 2013
Danny Bowes

This is a rare case where, if a film had been livelier and less traditional and "respectful," its lead performance might have seemed less special.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 20, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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Seriously, if not always elegantly, the film portrays the great Ip Man as someone trying to survive, which is to say just as often a victim as a victor.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 19, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Soap opera, set-bound and unexceptionally written and directed.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2013
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine

Ip Man was a notable martial arts instructor, he was not a saint. Perhaps someday, somebody will make an accurate film about the man. Meanwhile, we have these kung fu pseudo-biopics to entertain us.

Full Review Source: UR Chicago Magazine

September 19, 2013
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2013
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2013
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Cut off from his home and family in China, martial-arts teacher Ip Man tries to adapt to life in Hong Kong. Intriguing if reverential account of an icon's final years.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 19, 2013
Marc Mohan

The action choreography eschews the slow-motion, wire-assisted grace of Yuen Woo Ping's in "The Grandmaster," but does a solid job of crisply and clearly showcasing a few epic brawls.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

September 19, 2013
Nick Schager
AV Club
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The Final Fight plays out like a collection of greatest-hits vignettes barely connected to one another.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

September 19, 2013
Rob Staeger
Village Voice
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A film that's less a kung-fu movie and more a meditation on kung fu's limitations.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2013
Edmund Lee
Screen International

The soul of this movie is really in its tireless references to the historical and social conditions of 1950s and 60s Hong Kong, whose street views are recreated in vibrant, saturated colours.

Full Review Source: Screen International

September 16, 2013
Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
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Enjoyable enough, this colorfully local, nostalgia-tinged tale focuses on the Hong Kong years of an older, gentlemanly kung fu master.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 16, 2013
Maggie Lee
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What the pic lacks in stylistic sparks compared with other renditions by Wong Kar Wai and Wilson Yip, it makes up for in sinewy action and traditional values.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 16, 2013
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

Anthony Wong does a creditable job of conveying Ip Man's reflectiveness through his twilight years, occasionally cutting through the hagiographic nature of the enterprise.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

September 15, 2013
Noel Murray
The Dissolve

In The Final Fight, the frequent full-combat interludes work against the truth-vs.-fiction themes of the rest of the film.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 19, 2013
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