Atom User Reviews for The Art of Self Defense

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This movie is not for everyone. It did make me feel a wide range of emotions which is a positive. You must like dark humor to enjoy this movie. The cast really sells it.

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Callie W
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Definitely caught me by surprise! Pretty good movie and funny definitely worth seeing if your a Jesse Eisenberg fan.

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Joseph F
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#slow

A movie that thinks it’s being hip and clever, but in reality is obvious, tedious and smug. Offers transparent, biased moralizing more than insightful observations. This only cost me a dollar out of pocket and I’d really like the dollar back...

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dean C
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This film played out like a film I saw last year. It had a quirky first hour, and then it went fairly off the rails for the last third. Overall, I did have a good time with this one.

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Cool!

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Roman V
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The actors are much better than the film, and they still can’t save it.

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Jim S
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#wantmymoneyback
#horrible
#pointless

OMG this movie was so bad I’d like to get my time and money back. I can’t even believe they put this in a theater. I guess it’s a slow week for new releases but I’m just sitting here shaking my head in disbelief it this movie. I have to say not the worst movie I’ve ever seen but pretty darn close.

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David W
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How anybody gave this more than one star is baffling. Absolutely worst movie I've seen in a couple decades. Unbelievably stupid, wasted a part of my life tonight.

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black comedy at its finest. dull and dry but darkly funny.

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ok so yeah a little predictable. but I have to say very entertaining. leave the kiddies at home for this one and get ready for a good couple giggle snorts.

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Dry funny and a bit scary at the same time

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Metacritic

70
Aug 6, 2019

A strange, uneven, but ultimately effective satire of masculinity.

K. Austin Collins
Vanity Fair
70
Jul 19, 2019

Eisenberg, Nivola, and a hilariously brusque Imogen Poots (as Sensei’s only female student) are more than up to the task of finding the comedy in scenes of nasty violence or brooding anxiety. Stearns, however, is less interested in balancing those tones than he is in exploiting their uneasy tension.

David Sims
The Atlantic
70
Mar 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.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter