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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 10 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    What's on screen in The Grandmaster is off-puttingly disjointed, but it's also dazzling in its startling action and ravishing romance. show more

  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is beautiful but troubled, achieving in stretches the director's signature dreamy mood but dragged down by narrative confusions. show more

  • 75
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Grandmaster, may well be the definitive illustration of kung fu in all its arcane schools and intricate styles. There's never been anything like it — a seemingly endless flow of spectacular images in a story about Ip Man (Tony Leung), the legendary kung-fu master who trained Bruce Lee. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Wong’s visual grandeur is, as ever, all-encompassing. show more

  • 80
    Clarence Tsui The Hollywood Reporter

    True to Wong’s style, The Grandmaster is infused with melancholy and a near-existentialist resignation to the uncertainties of fate. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek

    This is a story told in shards; Wong is so obsessed with visual details – faces refracted as if in a broken mirror, or fragile arcs of blood being traced out on the pavement by the feet of two feuding kung fu masters – that the story he’s trying to tell is partly obscured by them. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The Grandmaster sets aside traditional story structure in its last 15 minutes and becomes one of the filmmaker’s free-form visual poems, suffused with melancholy and compassion. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    The elegant style of the fighting sequences does more than display camera and kung fu technique — this style also shows fighters living with honor. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Wong extracts magnetic performances from his two stars, and Philippe Le Sourd delivers gorgeous cinematography. show more

  • April 01, 2014 tk00000000188508
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    Not very good compared to the other 2 IP Man movies. If you liked Crounching Tiger... you will like this movie. But it offers a different perspective of IP man's life. All in all it's a watchable film.

  • September 15, 2013 hz00000000165480
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    This movie really sucked because they cut more than 20 minutes of important parts from the original version, so I was confusing how every sequence tied together and thus the whole story. I am a Wing Chun practioner and I was disappointed not to see the details of the movement in slow motion. Also, how could they tried to fool everyone by having the female speaking Madarin and the male speaking Cantonese in a love story? I was very impressed with the award winning cinematography.

  • September 10, 2013 me00000000164471
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    This movie sucked, the fight seen in the rain in the begining sucked. All the other fight seens sucked. To much talking in which you had to read the subtitles. To much lovey dovey stuff. I don\'t mine a little bit of amor in the movie but not thewhole movie. I was ready to walk out, but i felt i might as well stick through since i watched this far. If you like IP man 1,2,3 this doesn\'t come close. Don\'t even watch it on DVD. Just let someone else tell you how much it sucked eggs.

  • September 09, 2013 ldescant
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    Spectacular! I loved everything from the music, acting, cinematography to the costumes. What a beautiful movie.

  • September 05, 2013 ccyip
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    Beautiful character study of Bruce Lee\'s teacher Ip Man. A rare depiction of the secretive world of true gung fu society. This is much more of an art film for the true practitioners of gung fu, not the casual KUNG FU fan. Very different from Donnie Yen\'s amazing \"Ip Man\" series.

  • September 02, 2013 lambbusby
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    Good movie, great love story and I really enjoyed the beautiful cinematography. I would give it five stars!

  • September 01, 2013 gtk2dyno
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    This movie has scattered and confusing story lines. The movie jumps from one story to another, just throwing in random fight scenes to satisfy people expecting a martial arts movie. Ultimately this was a cheaply produced chinese sob/love story with a few slow motion camera shots mixed in.

  • September 01, 2013 pyoung2493
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    This is a great movie, wow. The photography and the action is a work of art, not just another slap-stick kung-fu movie. There\'s certain level of high intensity that is carried out through the movie. The poetic culture of Chinese philosophy was well brought out in the dialog. Very entertaining !!

  • August 31, 2013 tp00000000163027
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    This is a really good movie and it is very well done. It is a great historical depiction of an era where a women gave up her life for her family\'s legacy. Touching, entertaining and action. Also, a true story about marshall arts.

  • August 30, 2013 BLESSEDRU
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    Not worth the time or money. to slow to the point drags no action { sleep time } i would watch the original ip man ...part 1 and part 2 a million time over

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