Highly intelligent and melancholy science fiction that will leave a lasting impression on those who can appreciate its sadness and beauty.
It’s horrifying in a way, because you have to keep guessing if Luce is a saint or a monster — and you will likely be wrong.
The film flows with an independent spirit that’s smart and actually treats the audience like intellectuals.
The end result is mediocre, even for a mindless throwaway movie.
The clash of cultures and tug-of-war over familial connections to the past eventually comes down to one thing: it’s the time you spend with your family that really matters in the end.
It’s alarming that “The Art of Self-Defense” isn’t as shocking as you’d think, which perhaps says it all.