Poster for The Art of Self-Defense

The Art of Self-Defense

2019, action, comedy, drama, suspense

104 minutes

Casey is attacked at random on the street and enlists in a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious Sensei in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman...

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7.1

based on 5 critics

Age

16+

Country

United States

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8.0

2019-07-17

In its quest to right the many wrongs, the finale is also hugely winning, managing to be perversely satisfying even as it revels in its darkly twisted sense of propriety. Read more

7.0

2019-07-19

The Art of Self-Defense is a witty and idiosyncratic takedown of machoism that doesn't shy away from its uncomfortably terrifying aspects. Read more

6.7

2019-07-25

The Art of Self Defense is a different moviegoing experience in a Summer defined by samey and lackluster films. The film has a certain luster to it, albeit an inconsistent and, at times, derivative one. Read more

6.0

2019-07-15

While all these unfold in Stearns’ piece, the film slowly turns into a psychological game between the weak Casey and a Casey who wants to overcome fear as he continues mastering the skills in a desperate effort to defend himself through the use of martial arts. Read more

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