The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster (2013)

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. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2014
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though its storytelling is a tad muddled, Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster still exhibits the auteur's stylistic flourishes in gorgeous cinematography and explosive action set pieces.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

The movie's problems are, in part, those of a great artist trying something new. It's a fine mess.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You leave this deeply flawed, deeply beautiful film with no doubt that you've seen an indisputable cinematic grandmaster in action.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Kung fu masters kick dents in iron railings. These "magical" things are artist renditions of the super-normal abilities that can be developed through years of practice.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The Grandmaster blends right in with Wong's body of work, a gorgeous meditation on the importance of sorrow and lament. This one just happens to have kung fu, too.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Wong Kar Wai is an expressionist master. A master of character - deep, rich, truthful character - especially in The Grandmaster, he is not.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Wong's touch remains deft, his whims trustworthy, and his indulgence is still carried over from the screen and becomes our own.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

It ranks with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers as one of the most elegant and beautiful martial-arts films to play American screens.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Grandmaster" can feel stiff at times, and something is doubtlessly lost in translation. But the precision and magic of Wong Kar Wai's camera is so captivating it doesn't matter.

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Theresa Smith
Independent Online (South Africa)

Eventually, the story becomes as much an atmospheric lament about what has been lost, as it is a kinetic celebration of how kung fu adapted to the changing times.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Wong Kar-Wai seems only concerned about his irritating aesthetics in this hugely unfocused mess that even includes a useless narration and inexplicably… More
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KJ Proulx
The cinematography, no matter what the screenplay is like, how the acting is, or even if the direction was awful, really sold me on this film. Everything… More
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'The Grandmaster'. The most beautiful action film in who knows how long. Wong Kar Wai's direction is still, kinetic and always purposeful. Zack… More
danny d
the storytelling was disjointed, the locations limited, and the characters were dull and underdeveloped. this film suffered from a lack of awareness of time… More
Bathsheba Monk
More like a poem than a movie. The camera work is splendid. The acting beautifully stylized and the action sequences delicious.