Ip Man: The Final Fight Reviews

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice
September 17, 2013
A film that's less a kung-fu movie and more a meditation on kung fu's limitations.
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
Soap opera, set-bound and unexceptionally written and directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
AV Club
September 19, 2013
The Final Fight plays out like a collection of greatest-hits vignettes barely connected to one another.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
August 19, 2013
In The Final Fight, the frequent full-combat interludes work against the truth-vs.-fiction themes of the rest of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
September 19, 2013
The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Danny Bowes
RogerEbert.com
September 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Edmund Lee
Screen International
September 16, 2013
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.
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
September 15, 2013
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.
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Maggie Lee
Variety
September 16, 2013
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.
John Esther
UR Chicago Magazine
September 19, 2013
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 29, 2013
More a frequently elegant drama than an outright action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
September 16, 2013
Enjoyable enough, this colorfully local, nostalgia-tinged tale focuses on the Hong Kong years of an older, gentlemanly kung fu master.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
September 19, 2013
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.
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