The Art of Self-Defense Reviews

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July 18, 2019
The film's calm brutality is effective. Plot-wise, some punches are telegraphed, while others are not. The satire is a spinning wheel kick I didn't see coming. Black belts all around.
July 18, 2019
Mannered and remote, the movie throws a lot of punches but hardly ever connects.
July 18, 2019
Jesse Eisenberg steps into the dojo and gets in a few good licks at toxic masculinity before odious comparisons to Fight Club blunt the film's comic and dramatic impact.
July 18, 2019
Writer-director Riley Stearns is a dark-comedy talent to watch.
July 18, 2019
"The Art of Self-Defense" turns into an often brutal takedown of both toxic masculinity and the willingness of humans of both genders to give up their individuality in service of some greater authority in which they find identity and fellowship.
July 17, 2019
Stearns says some people have compared the film to a comic "Fight Club," but it feels like something that is wholly original ⁠- and compelling.
July 18, 2019
Still, it's a successful provocation and a damn funny one at that. This movie has 'cult classic' written all over it.
July 18, 2019
Writer/Director Riley Stearns shows that he has a few tricks up his sleeve, and that he's not afraid to pull any punches.
July 18, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense is a witty and idiosyncratic takedown of machoism that doesn't shy away from its uncomfortably terrifying aspects.
July 18, 2019
[Riley] Stearns has created a superb caustic satire, with horror movie overtones. Moments may make you laugh aloud. Male nudity and surreal violence abound. The film offers myriad surprises and shocks to the system.
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