Ip Man Reviews

  • 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.

    Mike Hale — New York Times

  • Legend trumps fact in Ip Man, a kickass fictionalized biopic of the titular grandmaster of Wing Chun martial arts and mentor to Bruce Lee.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • 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.

    V.A. Musetto — New York Post

  • 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.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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

    G. Allen Johnson — San Francisco Chronicle

  • An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography.

    Joseph Jon Lanthier — Slant Magazine

  • It remains an inexplicable, contextless bit of kung fu historicosploitation -- albeit a very satisfying one.

    Simon Abrams — New York Press

  • Not only is it one of the most entertaining and exciting movies out of Hong Kong for many years; Ip Man is a bona fide martial arts classic.

    Diva Velez — TheDivaReview.com

  • A dazzling, exhilarating, refreshingly character-driven and thoroughly captivating experience that must be seen on the big screen. It's unlike any martial arts film you've seen before.

    Avi Offer — NYC Movie Guru

  • First-rate martial-arts film about Bruce Lee's real-life teacher.

    Daniel Eagan — Film Journal International

  • As an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.

    Noel Murray — AV Club

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

    David Fear — Time Out

  • The astonishing fight scenes are some of the most exciting ever filmed in a martial arts movie that raises the bar for the genre. For any martial arts fan, "Ip Man" is mandatory viewing.

    Cole Smithey — ColeSmithey.com

  • It's all quite conventional... and nonetheless rousing.

    Sean Axmaker — Seanax.com

  • The movie is clearly hagiographic, but this aspect and its general function as a martial arts movie are supported greatly by Yen.

    Jeffrey Chen — ReelTalk Movie Reviews

  • First and foremost, Ip Man is an excuse for Yen to demonstrate his newfound mastery of the Wing Chun style. On that front, the film succeeds brilliantly.

    Jeremy Heilman — MovieMartyr.com

  • A respectful biopic designed to pay cinematic homage to one of the great kung-fu masters and spread the word about the man.

    Rob Daniel — Sky Movies

  • Man's extraordinary biography makes for an awkward, inauthentic-feeling biopic.

    Matt Glasby — Total Film

  • An enthralling, and at times moving, tale, told by Hong Kong action director Wilson Yip with considerable theatrical flourish.

    Keith Stuart — Filmstar Magazine

  • A terrific true story, clearly elevated to mythical proportions, this film benefits hugely from the lucid fight direction by the master Sammo Hung, which gives the film a remarkable resonance.

    Rich Cline — Shadows on the Wall

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