The Art of Self-Defense Trailer & Clips


The Art of Self-Defense full movie is released on Jul 19, 2019. Watch The Art of Self-Defense online - the French Action movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $2,414,269. The Art of Self-Defense is directed by Riley Stearns and created by Riley Stearns with Jesse Eisenberg and Alessandro Nivola. The Art of Self-Defense is available online on Hulu and Kanopy.

After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

As know as:

ジ・アート・オブ・セルフ・ディフェンス, Изкуството на самозащитата, Nghệ Thuật Tự Vệ, L'arte della difesa personale, Мистецтво самозахисту

Release Date:

Jul 19, 2019

Release Date (Streaming):

Aug 27, 2019


United States


French, German, English

Stream Service:

Bleecker Street Media

Production Companies:

End Cue

Official Site:

Official site

Gross worldwide:



You can't be weak anymore.


Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
The Blue Lenses
The Art of Self-Defense is a razor-sharp parable about radicalization, masculinity and misogyny that avoids pompous, self-aggrandizing soapboxing in favour of empathy, humanity and compassion. All that, plus bonus dachshund.
by rottentomatoes, Jul 24, 2019
Sara Michelle Fetters
Eisenberg is sensational.
by rottentomatoes, Jul 19, 2019
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
Bold but inconsistent, outrageous but not all that shocking, The Art of Self Defense never reaches its full potential, but lands more than enough punches to warrant our attention.
by rottentomatoes, Jul 19, 2019

Cast & Crew

More Like This