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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster Reviews

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Jeremy Heilman
September 3, 2010
Its blatant recycling of the plot structure of its predecessor combined with its complete lack of further development of any of its characters, makes the overall film a tedious sit.
Full Review | Original Score: 39/100
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 17, 2011
One of the highest-grossing films in Hong Kong history, but it doesn't add much to the crowded history of martial-arts movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 28, 2011
The most amazing special effect in any Donnie Yen movie will always be Donnie Yen.
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.
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
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
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
January 25, 2011
A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.
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
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
January 13, 2011
A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism.
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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
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
Cole Smithey
January 23, 2011
[VIDEO] The second half of Wilson Yip's enthralling Ip Man biopic ratchets up its martial arts fight sequences with phenomenal duels that put you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Matt Singer
January 26, 2011
Yen's in top form and the fights and stunts throughout are stellar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Shawn Levy
January 27, 2011
It's terrifically entertaining -- up to and including a swell gag in the closing moments.
| Original Score: B+
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
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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
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
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