• Released
  • August 23, 2013
  • (Limited, Expands 8/30)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 10 min
  • Documentary
    Drama
  • 593 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, THE GRANDMASTER is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man.

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Critic Ratings

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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Grandmaster, may well be the definitive illustration of kung fu in all its arcane schools and intricate styles. There's never been...
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88

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The Grandmaster sets aside traditional story structure in its last 15 minutes and becomes one of the filmmaker’s free-form visual poems,...
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83

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Intermittently action-packed and lethargic, the movie dances around formula. By delivering an expressionistic character study with bursts...
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80

Film.com

By 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...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

True to Wong’s style, The Grandmaster is infused with melancholy and a near-existentialist resignation to the uncertainties of fate.
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80

Variety

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Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai...
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
An historical opus that is equal parts ballet and biography, though the second component pales in comparison with the first.
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Wong extracts magnetic performances from his two stars, and Philippe Le Sourd delivers gorgeous cinematography.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
The elegant style of the fighting sequences does more than display camera and kung fu technique — this style also shows fighters living...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Tony Leung plays Ip Man with his old-movie charisma and reserve, but the film, despite a few splendid fights, is a biohistorical muddle...
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Loved it

By Nimz
how can any movie about IP MAN be bad?...

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Rated PG-13 | For Language, Brief Drug Use, Some Smoking and Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Beautiful martial arts, some violence, uneven storyline.
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