• Released
  • October 1, 2010
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 46 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Art House/Foreign
80

Village Voice

Like his narrative, Yip's aesthetics are more muted and traditional than those of well-known florid imports "Hero" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Yet such modesty is in tune with his soft-spoken protagonist, and also provides clean, sharp views of Yen's awe-inspiring skills, which, in choreographer Sammo Hung's thrilling one-against-many skirmishes, make literal the term "fists of fury."
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75

The A.V. Club

By Noel Murray
As a slice of history, Ip Man is disappointingly simplistic. Yip, Wong, and Yen never develop any real tension between Ip's true story and the exaggerated myth-making of a martial-arts movie. But as an exaggerated, myth-making martial-arts movie, Ip Man is often thrilling.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

It's a highly entertaining, big-budget, kick-butt kung fu movie, the best of its kind since Jet Li's "Fearless" in 2006.
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70

Variety

By Derek Elley
Ip Man will be manna for those who like their kung fu straight and wireless, their villains Japanese and their heroes unconflicted Chinese patriots.
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60

Empire

By Dan Jolin
The action is enthralling even if the storyline doesn't always have the ring of truth about it.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The highlights, of course, are the competitions and duels, choreographed by Sammo Hung.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
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.
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50

The New York Times

By Mike Hale
Over all, the film is a prime exhibit in the relentless and regrettable shift away from a natural, allusive, romantic Hong Kong style and toward a mainland studio aesthetic that is stagebound, literal, overstuffed and sentimental - like the big-budget Hollywood weepies of the '60s or the '80s.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Everything from the direction of actors to the dialogue signifies the work of a filmmaker who favors easy audience-baiting reactions over dramatic momentum. Doesn't the man who would later teach Bruce Lee how to kee-yah deserve better than a chopsocky Punch-and-Judy show?
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59 out of 100
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