The Art of Self-Defense Reviews

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June 10, 2020
Self Defense is as subdued as Fight Club is flashy.
January 17, 2020
The Art of Self-Defense weaves its time and themes until they're one and the same.
January 6, 2020
...aims for a very precise tone.
January 5, 2020
As a vehicle for Eisenberg, the movie falls short. But its wonderful idea works. It's creepier than it looks. [Full review in Spanish].
December 2, 2019
That it does not quite hit its target is unfortunate, but it does at least leave a watchable movie behind.
November 11, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense may be a dark comedy, but it is extremely intelligent when it comes to the subjects it addresses and represents on screen. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 6, 2019
It works even beyond its limitations or defects, which seem to be calculated. [Full review in Spanish]
November 5, 2019
The timid and anxious attitude of [Jesse] Eisenberg makes him an excellent choice for the comic sensibility that the director seeks to portray. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 1, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense is a very good and very black comedy. So black that I might have been the only one in the room laughing with certain jokes. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 27, 2019
If the first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club, then the first rule of The Art of Self-Defense is that you should talk about The Art of Self-Defense to anyone who will listen.
September 25, 2019
With his sophomore film The Art of Self-Defense, Riley showcases a bone-dry comedy about the toxicity of being a modern alpha-man.
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.
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