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Assisted Living (2005)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 678



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.

Drama , Art House & International , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Elliot Greenebaum
In Theaters:
Sep 13, 2005
Economic Projections - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Assisted Living

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (11) | DVD (3)

[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

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2005

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.

Full Review… | May 13, 2005
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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2005
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2005
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].

Full Review… | April 19, 2005
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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2005
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.

Full Review… | March 21, 2005

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