Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Grandmaster Reviews

4.0

72

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally favorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

    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.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Variety

    Venturing into fresh creative terrain without relinquishing his familiar themes and stylistic flourishes, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai exceeds expectations with The Grandmaster, fashioning a 1930s action saga into a refined piece of commercial filmmaking.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBill Stamets

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA TodayScott 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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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen 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 that never finds its center. Maybe that's because — big mistake! — it never gets to Bruce Lee.

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