Ip Man

Critics Consensus

At once beholden to the established conventions of the genre and delightfully subversive of them, Ip Man is one of the most exciting -- and refreshingly character-driven -- martial arts films in years.

85%

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Total Count: 26
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Wing Chun grandmaster Ip has an amazing wife, plenty of money, the most beautiful house in town, and a blossoming martial arts academy. But when the Japanese occupy his hometown of Foshan during the Sino-Japan war (1937), Ip, like the rest of the locals, is forced into hard labor and brutal sparring matches for the enemy's amusement. His incredible skills catch the eye of the Japanese Colonel, Mr. Miura, who wants Ip to teach Wing Chun to his soldiers. When Ip refuses, he faces the most intense challenge to both his training and his honor.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (9)

  • A period piece filmed on obvious but eye-pleasing studio sets with wall-to-wall kung fu and a simplistic, philosophical message.

    Oct 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 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.

    Oct 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 1, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: B

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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  • Yen's handful of duels do delight; it's everything surrounding them that feels tired and trite.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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