Yen is appealing, the story moves right along, and the martial arts sequences are (to my untrained eye) impressive. In short, a good enough conclusion to the Ip Man saga.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2016-01-28
The plot of the film is pretty silly, but it functions largely as a fight-delivery system, and on that level it's relatively successful.
Nathan Rabin, Globe and Mail, 2016-01-22
Early in "Ip Man 3," Yip is visited by a young Bruce Lee, and Yip decides he's not ready for training. But if it led to an "Ip Man 4," who'd complain?
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2016-01-22
"Ip Man 3," set in Hong Kong circa 1959, combines the customary, inventively choreographed action with an unexpected emotional depth, proving as hard to resist as its entertaining predecessors.
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, 2016-01-21
There have been all kinds of Ip Man movies. "The Grandmaster," which played in Seattle in 2013, has exquisitely lovely visuals. "Ip Man 3" has Mike Tyson.
Soren Anderson, Seattle Times, 2016-01-21
Acting is of the overdone variety and the dialogue is lousy, making Yen's restrained and quietly powerful performance stand out. Speak softly and pack a one-inch punch.
Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2016-01-21
Any movie that features Donnie Yen going up against Mike Tyson with fight choreography designed by Yuen Woo-Ping at least has a sense of humor about itself. But Ip Man 3...is far more than this burst of stunt casting and pop-culture cool suggests.
Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com, 2016-01-21
The carelessly plotted story consists mostly of setups for fight scenes, nicely staged in such distinctive locations as an elevator, an umbrella store and the hull of a partly built ship.
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 2016-01-21
The bright idea of the first Ip Man was to use a real person's life as the rough outline for a conventional martial arts adventure. That basic premise still has some juice left, given that it's always a joy to watch Yen work.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2016-01-21
Stone-faced martial-arts star Donnie Yen does a lot with a little in wuxia weepy Ip Man 3, the rare kung fu film whose sentimental dialogue scenes are just as good as its stripped-down action sequences.
Simon Abrams, Village Voice, 2016-01-19
Less offensively nationalistic than the second installment but falling short of the glowing humanity, genial Cantonese humor and visual flair of the first, the pic is somewhat tarnished by its pedestrian plot and limp characterization.
Maggie Lee, Variety, 2016-01-29
The only real spark in the film is provided by Yen's costar Zhang Jin as Cheung Tin-chi, an upstart devotee of the wing chun school intent on knocking Ip off his hallowed throne atop Hong Kong's martial-arts pantheon.
Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2016-01-22
Despite Mr. Yen's impressive physical virtuosity, his stoic, often humorless presence tends to neutralize the emotional temperature.
Andy Webster, New York Times, 2016-01-21
Be open to the film's emotion. It packs a bigger punch than anything else here.
Tom Russo, Boston Globe, 2016-01-21