The Art of Self-Defense Reviews

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September 4, 2019
"The Art of Self-Defense" is a true original that aims to tackle the deepest pits of toxic masculinity, to almost absurd extremes.
August 26, 2019
It's alarming that "The Art of Self-Defense" isn't as shocking as you'd think, which perhaps says it all.
August 16, 2019
Taking one of the most beloved tropes in film, we see the depths we would go to for the healing and validation of our trauma.
August 15, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches.
August 14, 2019
Stearns's broad-strokes spreadsheet bares all in time, but it's only when you start to audit the details that you fully appreciate the film, and its well-disguised emotional embezzlement.
August 9, 2019
It's very, very dark, but the balance of darkness and comedy is so great...this just nails it.
August 1, 2019
It won't be for everyone, but The Art Of Self-Defense is a dark, sharp and poignant take on the current gender roles and expectations in society.
July 31, 2019
Highly amusing deadpan comedy about toxic masculinity... A few things in common with 'Fight Club,' including a morbid sense of humor and a willingness to shock viewers.
July 30, 2019
An off-kilter look at toxic masculinity, The Art of Self-Defense is a striking knockout.
July 30, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense pulls it off. Much of that has to do with the central performance by Jesse Eisenberg, who has made a career out of playing mild-mannered pushovers and mouthy jerks.
July 29, 2019
At 104 minutes, The Art of Self-Defense starts like a off-beat comedy than slowly but surely morphs into something darker, yet it never loses its tinge of humor.
July 26, 2019
A dark, dark comedy that leads the audience into unexpected territory. In some ways it works but in many others it doesn't.
July 25, 2019
The comedy is so dark that it may be blinding to some. At least there is no way to dismiss the film as being just another formulaic attempt at entertainment. If nothing else, it is one of the most unique films of the year.
July 25, 2019
With a combo of dark, dry satire and sudden, shocking violence, Stearns' The Art of Self-Defense lands some canny punches as he fights absurd notions of modern masculinity, misogyny and isolation.
July 24, 2019
Writer-director Riley Stearns (Faults) makes the breakthrough of the year with this absurdist romp through the fun house of the modern male psyche.
July 24, 2019
The films greatest pleasure is watching Eisenberg slip into his textbook transformation from bullied to bully. It's what gave "The Social Network" its gravitas and its what gives "The Art of Self Defense" its own unique style.
July 24, 2019
In a twisted narrative full of surprises -- never assume you know where this movie is going -- the finale packs the most explosive punch.
July 24, 2019
The result is a film both hilarious and almost malevolent -- think Buster Keaton starring in Fight Club.
July 24, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense is a razor-sharp parable about radicalization, masculinity and misogyny that avoids pompous, self-aggrandizing soapboxing in favour of empathy, humanity and compassion. All that, plus bonus dachshund.
July 22, 2019
The film punctuates dry, mannered dialogue with sudden moments of utter weirdness that sweep our legs out from under us and leave us on the mat.
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