The Art of Self-Defense

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84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score84%
  • The Art of Self-Defense grapples compellingly with modern American masculinity -- and serves as an outstanding calling card for writer-director Riley Stearns.
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    Iván BelmontKonexión
    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]
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    Carlos Jesús GonzálezCine Premiere
    It works even beyond its limitations or defects, which seem to be calculated. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Luis Fernando GalvánEn Filme
    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]
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    Fernanda SolórzanoLetras Libres
    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]
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    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.
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    Shikhar VermaHigh on Films
    With his sophomore film The Art of Self-Defense, Riley showcases a bone-dry comedy about the toxicity of being a modern alpha-man.
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    Jordan RuimyWorld of Reel
    "The Art of Self-Defense" is a true original that aims to tackle the deepest pits of toxic masculinity, to almost absurd extremes.
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    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    It's alarming that "The Art of Self-Defense" isn't as shocking as you'd think, which perhaps says it all.
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    Michael Joseph GarzaCultured Vultures
    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.
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    Deborah KriegerBust Magazine
    The Art of Self-Defense pulls no punches.
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