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Assisted Living (2003)

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76

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 11

An unconventional, heartfelt blend of fact and fiction.

74

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 5

An unconventional, heartfelt blend of fact and fiction.

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The first film for writer/director/producer Elliot Greenebaum, Assisted Living chronicles a day in the life of a young nursing home janitor. Michael Bonsignore stars as Todd, the pot-smoking custodian who takes pleasure in toying with the senile residents of the retirement community. When one of the residents mistakes Todd for her son, he finds himself becoming emotionally attached to his work for the first time. In order to lend the film a realistic fly-on-the-wall quality, Greenebaum shot it

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Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Elliot Greenebaum

Sep 13, 2005

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[A] charming and original little comedy.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.

April 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Works more than it doesn't, though it's easy to conclude that the film exploits some of the elderly in the movie.

April 1, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Sensitively considers the potential for liberation of the mind from the shackles of the aging body, no matter how deteriorated that physical human essence might be.

March 26, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

There is a certain meditative grace to the cinematography here, but after a while, well, I was just plain bored.

September 1, 2006
Christianity Today

It's a slight movie, setting a poignant scene but not quite filling out even its running time. Still, I like its wry sense of humor and compassionate heart.

May 15, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

There is a tender, poignant story in here... worthy of a great 20-minute short, not enough to fill writer-director Elliot Greenebaum's rambling mock-documentary.

May 13, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

Has a few enlightening moments but has just as many that are tedious.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Watching the movie is like conducting a conversation with a loved one stricken by Alzheimer's: It's at once moving and maddening.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Becomes an affecting story about the bond that develops between shiftless Todd and Mrs. Pearlman.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Maggie Riley, a former circus performer who suffered two strokes and a heart attack during the filming of this movie, is a revelation in this role [Mrs. Pearlman].

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A blend of fact and fiction that feels like a breath of fresh air in a medium that too often trivializes the hard realities of age.

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Viewers who complain about the subject being "depressing" and "uncomfortable" are either missing the point, or simply haven't been to a nursing home in a really long time.

April 1, 2005
Planet Sick-Boy

Assisted Living is both funny and sad and, in the end, it is truly heartwarming.

March 24, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Says more about aging in America...than all the sweet but false fables Hollywood has manufactured about the elderly. It's worth seeking out.

March 22, 2005 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Todd and Mrs. Pearlman are interesting characters you want to spend time with and get to know thanks to the fine performances by Michael Bonsignore and Maggie Riley.

March 21, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

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