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: 79% 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

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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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

For those outside the genre, The Grandmaster is at its best when it offers context for its story, such as the scenes that reference World War II, lending weight to circumstances that are more relatable than regional Kung Fu rivalries.

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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.

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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Shelly Kraicer
Cinema Scope

The Grandmaster is a martial-arts film, whose complicated narrative strategies and ambitious attempt to re-stylize a form that looks to be increasingly moribund, sets it apart from its generic brethren.

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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

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.

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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Wong Kar Wai's latest film is by turns elegant and frustrating, beautiful and hard to track, sumptuous and spartan.

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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.