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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster Reviews

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Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
June 22, 2011
It's a second installment of a film bio of Ip Man, and it's pretty much made-up nonsense, but few will care, as it's also great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 23, 2011
The movie is simply an entertaining second chance to see more of this man of character in action.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 21, 2011
Ip Man 2 is frankly one of the very best Hong Kong/martial arts movies I've seen in years.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
February 2, 2011
Despite this slackening of narrative urgency, Wilson Yip has duplicated the flawed approach of the earlier movie with striking exactitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
January 31, 2011
When Donnie Yen is up there defying gravity and seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his fists, a lot is forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 30, 2011
While the film as a whole is a graceful, yet lethal, dig at chauvinism as well as imperialism, that is no impediment to it also being both an engrossing drama and a dynamic martial-arts flick
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 29, 2011
Viscerally exhilarating and thrilling in its brilliantly-choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging during its contrived moments of drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.9621/10
Kam Williams
January 29, 2011
Bruce Lee lives! (Or at least his mentor does.)
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diva Velez
January 28, 2011
Doesn't quite touch the laurels of its predecessor, but the weaker, unoriginal storyline is forgivable in light of how entertaining Ip Man 2 is and its maintenance of the original's high standard of excellent martial arts action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 28, 2011
The most amazing special effect in any Donnie Yen movie will always be Donnie Yen.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 28, 2011
You're never at a loss to figure out who is fighting who, as in so many Western actioners these days, and Yen is the very model of simmering understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
January 28, 2011
"Ip Man 2" has eye candy to spare. But it is lacking in formalities such as character development and plot coherence, and the stereotyped Brits are straight out of central casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 27, 2011
Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 27, 2011
Announced before the first Ip Man was in general release, this smart, equally-enthralling sequel to the hit 2008 film looks to do even better U.S. business than its predecessor.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
January 27, 2011
It's terrifically entertaining -- up to and including a swell gag in the closing moments.
| Original Score: B+
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2011
The film's fight choreography is again handled by the legendary Sammo Hung - he also now has a supporting role and incredibly shot his own fight scenes while recuperating from heart surgery - and that alone makes the film worth checking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 27, 2011
"Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grand Master" is distinguished by a string of stylishly choreographed martial-arts combat scenes, though barely serviceable in its storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
January 27, 2011
Wing Chun master Ip Man fights corruption in Hong Kong while trying to establish a martial-arts school. Rousing, well-mounted sequel proved an enormous hit in Asia.
Andy Klein
Brand X
January 27, 2011
Yen matches his contemporary Jet Li, but it's just as big a thrill to see Sammo Hung - one of the truly great figures in HK film, both behind and in front of the camera - still flying and kicking at the age of 58. The whole thing just rocks.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
January 26, 2011
Lusty, provocative, visually gorgeous Ip Man 2 is an ideal barometer for the aspirations of Hong Kong and Chinese popular filmmaking today.
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