The Art of Self-Defense Reviews

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July 9, 2019
For a privileged few, "The Art of Self-Defense" might be a brilliantly dry dark comedy. For the rest, it's a tragedy, a nightmarish horror flick about the ruthless panopticon prison of gender. We don't all get to choose how we take it in.
July 9, 2019
In a movie that often observes male dysfunction with some ironic distance, Eisenberg brings the satire closer to the bone.
March 15, 2019
While the beats of its plot may be nothing very new, the tone, language and performances here make Self-Defense its own beast.
March 12, 2019
A piece with funny moments sprinkled throughout but that never comes together in a satisfying way.
March 11, 2019
The Art of Self-Defense manages to clarify the filmmaker's intriguing vision by stuffing it into a remarkably unnerving character study.
March 11, 2019
"The Art of Self-Defense" may be presented as an absurdist satire, but like the best American comedies... it doubles as a keen critique of our national character.
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