The Art of Self-Defense

User rating: 2.75 16 votes and 8 Reviews | Write a Review

Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Tomatometer 84% 84% Audience Score 63% 63%

In Theaters: July 12, 2019 (limited)

On DVD/Blu-ray: October 15, 2019

R | 1h 44m | Comedy, Drama

  Watch Trailer

Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a meek and timid man, is attacked at random on the street. He subsequently enrolls at a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

Director: Riley Stearns
Studio: Bleecker Street
Producer(s): Cody Ryder, Andrew Kortschak, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Writer(s): Riley Stearns
Official Site:
JustWatch Logo

  Change Location