Assisted Living (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Assisted Living (2005)



Critic Consensus: An unconventional, heartfelt blend of fact and fiction.

Movie Info

A janitor in a nursing home spends his days getting high and enjoying the surrealism of resident life. When he develops an unlikely friendship with an elderly woman whose mind is faltering, his compassion drives him to knowingly jeopardize his job.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Elliot Greenebaum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
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Maggie Riley
as Mrs. Pearlman
Maggie Wise Riley
as Mrs. Pearlman
Malerie Boone
as Malerie Skelley
Clint Vaught
as Hance Purcell
Gail Benedict
as Kathy Hogan
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Critic Reviews for Assisted Living

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (24)

[A] charming and original little comedy.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.

Full Review… | April 22, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.

Full Review… | April 14, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Works more than it doesn't, though it's easy to conclude that the film exploits some of the elderly in the movie.

Full Review… | April 1, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Assisted Living

This film wouldn't be the same had it not been shot in an actual nursing home with residents and staff participating. There are some things that just can't be faked or acted, and for anyone that has ever worked in, been to, or visited a loved one in a nursing home, that would be one of them.

The relationship that 'Todd' develops with the residents (in particular Mrs. Pearlman), is touching and real, and goes deep enough to make this film thought provoking.

Check your IFC listings.

My first job ever was as an aide in a nursing home. My mother-in-law also had Alzheimer's disease so I really wanted to like this movie. I ended up walking away with mixed emotions. The movie was shot documentary style using real assisted living residents in the background. It focuses on a relationship between Todd, a dope smoking janitor and resident Mrs. Pearlman, who is developing Alzheimer's disease.

The movie was cute on occasion, such as Todd talking on the phone to the residents and pretending to be God. There were more moments that were disturbing, such as his terribly unprofessional behavior. I almost cried when he let the therapy dog loose. He also seemed to have a lot more free time than I ever did. If I wanted to spent time with a patient, I usually had to stay over and do it on my own time!

The ending was touching as Todd and patient bonded but the movie still left me unsettled.

Ida Kern

Super Reviewer

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