• Released
  • August 23, 2013
  • (Limited, Expands 8/30)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 10 min
  • Documentary
    Drama
The Grandmaster 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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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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Slow and Beautiful

By MedRed
*This movie is subtitled* The Grandmaster is the retelling of one of the last great Kung Fu masters. It bridges old China with post World War II China. This movie features the purest Kung Fu...

the grandmaster

By astnfld
this is antwaun stanfield this movie look like it will be action pack the whole time i would hate to go to the bathroom and missed something it look it will just jump out and get you and be a little...

The Grandmaster

By amleolady
It was definitely a Wong Kar Wai film. Like In the Mood for Love and 2046, the cinematography, the pacing, slow motion scenes, the romance and the music were consistent with Wong's auteur style. ...

Excellent, beautiful!

By dannypants
Excellent filem, beautiful cinematography. Do NOT go if you are expecting to see blood-and-guts Kung Fu. The fighting is more like ballet than like your typical 70s Bruce Lee flick. Very slow-paced,...

The Grandmaster

By bullprince2
This movie is okay but a bit slow for me. The action was a bit slow and not as smooth as Donnie Yen, Yes I'm comparing it when Donnie Yen played as Ip Man. This movie didn't even come close but...

AWESOME, SPECTACULAR !!!!

By LDG3
EXCELLENT CINEMA, ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE. WHAT A FABULOUS SURPRISE ENDING...JAW-DROPPING WONDERFUL SURPRISE!! GREAT HISTORY!!! FULL CIRCLE OF A GREAT LEGACY....IF YOU ARE A FAN YOU MUST GO!!! LOVED...

The Grandmaster

By mrblackgod8
I enjoy the movie very much. It gave me a deep insight into Grandmaster Ip Man. Also, showed me the pain of master Gong Er and what a sacrifice she made in her live time. If you love the martial...

NOT IN ENGLISH...

By trinice8
If you're alright with reading your way through a movie (2h 10m worth!)... then this is the movie for you! I did however enjoy the fighting......

Masterpiece

By peter5992
Amidst all the drivel Hollywood generates during an average year, this is a cinematic pearl that must not be missed. The cinematography and fight choreography are stunning and a feast to watch, as...

Too much mush - not enough push

By PUZ
Expecting to see some serious Wing Chun fighting, I was disappointed to learn of history and Ip Man's loves. And whenever there was fighting, the camera angles did the art a gross injustice....

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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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