Director Wilson Yip keeps the movie moving as fast as the whiplash action.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
One of the highest-grossing films in Hong Kong history, but it doesn't add much to the crowded history of martial-arts movies.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism.
Maggie Lee - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
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.
Burl Burlingame - Honolulu Star-Advertiser
The movie is simply an entertaining second chance to see more of this man of character in action.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Ip Man 2 is frankly one of the very best Hong Kong/martial arts movies I've seen in years.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Despite this slackening of narrative urgency, Wilson Yip has duplicated the flawed approach of the earlier movie with striking exactitude.
Joseph Jon Lanthier - Slant Magazine
When Donnie Yen is up there defying gravity and seemingly breaking the sound barrier with his fists, a lot is forgiven.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
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
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Viscerally exhilarating and thrilling in its brilliantly-choreographed fight sequences, but less engaging during its contrived moments of drama.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Bruce Lee lives! (Or at least his mentor does.)
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
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.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
The most amazing special effect in any Donnie Yen movie will always be Donnie Yen.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
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.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's terrifically entertaining -- up to and including a swell gag in the closing moments.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"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.
Ted Fry - Seattle Times
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.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
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.
Andy Klein - Brand X
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.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Lusty, provocative, visually gorgeous Ip Man 2 is an ideal barometer for the aspirations of Hong Kong and Chinese popular filmmaking today.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Yen's in top form and the fights and stunts throughout are stellar.
Matt Singer - IFC.com
[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.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com