The Art of Self-Defense Reviews

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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.
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.
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