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The Grandmaster Reviews

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Tom Clift
FILMINK (Australia)
September 18, 2014
Certainly, The Grandmaster is far from Wong's best. But it's a beautiful creation all the same.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 11, 2014
This air of melancholy that lies over the film is - I don't know. I was very interested about all this north, south the various elements of Kung Fu. I learned stuff from the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 11, 2014
Tony Leung's charismatic performance as the man who was martial arts instructor to Bruce Lee anchors the film, but in this version at least the story equally belongs to Gong Er, and Zhang Yiyi is splendid in the role, especially in the later scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 7, 2014
An ornate period film about kung fu that is so godawfully tedious and solemn it seems designed to bore people right into the very fabric of their seats. Even the sub-standard fight scenes are terribly shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
September 4, 2014
It is rich, distinctive and lush, as you would expect, although this new feature from Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai has been a long time coming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ray Pride
April 7, 2014
It is to swoon. Even the buttons on a fine coat are given the emphasis of the whoosh of a blade, the crack of a bone or the scrape and grind and rush of a locomotive. Nothing is relative: all is memory. A dream.
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Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
The movie's problems are, in part, those of a great artist trying something new. It's a fine mess.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 1, 2013
Moody melancholy martial-arts costume drama, five years in the making, that thrives on great fight scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 26, 2013
In the absence of genuine profundity, but with dazzling craft on frequent display, his most ardent devotees may summon enough loyalty to defend this one as a noble failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike Scott
September 20, 2013
As commendable as Wong's film is at visualizing things, it's far less proficient at contextualizing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Travis Hopson
September 15, 2013
Each battle moves with such balletic grace they make Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon seem as if it's standing still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 6, 2013
The American version is beautiful and moody, and it is muddy in expression, but probably worth seeing anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dave White
September 6, 2013
Wong Kar Wai has something slow, lush and precise in mind for this story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the legendary martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. He offers a chance to dream in kung fu.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
September 3, 2013
A complete surprise. Not the strictly martial arts action film but also one of compelling beauty and romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Joshua Starnes
September 3, 2013
The Grandmaster lacks focus or drive as director Wong Kar-wai flails among the elements of Ip Man's life for something to hold onto and comes up with little except that late in life he taught Bruce Lee.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 3, 2013
...closer in tone to an art movie, an exercise in pure cinema, than it is a chopsocky extravaganza
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 2, 2013
emphasizes emotional restraint and understatement
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Cole Smithey
September 2, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY] Part action film, part romance novel, and part political diatribe, the film never forgets its purpose to entertain. The effect is elating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 2, 2013
...bears all the extravagant style perfectionist filmmaker Wai can muster, but suffers from a sketchy biography that lurches along.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
August 31, 2013
"The Grandmaster" is just that --- grand --- and masterful. Wong Kar Wai's odyssey has paid off handsomely.
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