Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jan 27, 2011
    83
    An energetic, witty and altogether well-built martial arts drama that is familiar in many ways but distinguished by its high level of craft, its sincere sentiment and drama, and the forceful charisma of its star, Donnie Yen.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 27, 2011
    80
    Choreographed by the film martial-arts veteran Sammo Hung, the fights are spectacularly designed and performed, relying more on muscle and skill than wirework.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 4, 2011
    75
    A reminder of the pleasure of classic martial-arts films in which skilled athletes performed many of their own stunts.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 3, 2011
    70
    Nearly as enjoyable as the original. Its not-so-secret weapon is the poised, calm performance of Yen, who somehow manages to play Ip as both character and archetype.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jan 27, 2011
    70
    More slick mainland melodrama than rough-and-ready chop-socky picture, Ip Man 2 often finds itself struggling to reconcile those conflicting impulses between drizzly emotional moments and slap-happy frenzy.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jan 25, 2011
    70
    A redundant if nonetheless occasionally thrilling follow-up bolstered by star Donnie Yen's precision combat skills.
  7. Reviewed by: Wade Major
    Jan 22, 2011
    70
    A superbly well-crafted film, faithful to its cultural and cinematic heritage, and easily one of the most enjoyable entertainments of a still nascent 2011 post-holiday season.
  8. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    Jan 22, 2011
    70
    Compared to his stellar hit "Ip Man" - a biopic on the Wing Chun master who tutored Bruce Lee - Wilson Yip's more lavishly produced sequel Ip Man 2 is a fistful of hits and misses.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Jan 28, 2011
    67
    If you're searching for pure, unadulterated fisticuffs joy, you could do far worse than Ip Man 2.
  10. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Jan 28, 2011
    63
    The piéce de résistance is a "Rocky"-ish battle between bare-fisted Ip (Donnie Yen) and a racist Brit who uses boxing gloves and goes by the name Twister.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 28, 2011
    60
    With action this strong, the script just needs to be serviceable - and that's exactly what it is.
  12. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jan 25, 2011
    60
    Yip's chop-socky sequel does manage to up the (admittedly modest) ante of the original.
  13. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jan 27, 2011
    50
    If the movie packs a weaker punch than the original, it has less to do with the action sequences than the script (by Edmond Wong, son of Raymond, who wrote the first), a flimsy affair with subpar villains.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 48 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 6, 2011
    8
    Not as good as the first Ip Man, however, still worth a watch. Seems a little bit more "hollywood" than the first film, particularly in theNot as good as the first Ip Man, however, still worth a watch. Seems a little bit more "hollywood" than the first film, particularly in the plot line, but again what do you expect? The fight scenes are still very good, so definitely worth watching if you're into kung fu films. DVD Rental: Yeah, why not. Full Review »
  2. Jul 8, 2011
    7
    Very Good movie. Not nearly as good as the first but still good. It felt like the second half of the movie basically just copied Rocky IV. IVery Good movie. Not nearly as good as the first but still good. It felt like the second half of the movie basically just copied Rocky IV. I mean if anybody has seen Rocky 4 they would know what I mean. I still recommend this movie though and would advise people to see the first one. Please don't listen to the critics despite the metacritic score the first one is better(in my opinion anyways). Full Review »
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    8
    Ip Man 2 is a great sequel to the first. It has skillfully choreographed fight scenes mixed in with the history of Ip Man. I was happy andIp Man 2 is a great sequel to the first. It has skillfully choreographed fight scenes mixed in with the history of Ip Man. I was happy and excited to see some familiar faces appear left and right. All in all, a great addition to the Ip Man track just falling right below the first Ip Man film. Full Review »