Ip Man: The Final Fight Reviews

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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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.
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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.