Assisted Living

Critics Consensus

An unconventional, heartfelt blend of fact and fiction.



Total Count: 46


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Assisted Living

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (19)

  • [A] charming and original little comedy.

    May 6, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film.

    Apr 29, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Assisted Living is a remarkably moving look at the prisons in our midst that most of us manage to ignore until we need them.

    Apr 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Authentically unconventional -- opening in the form of an almost convincing mock documentary -- but it gradually evolves into something more deeply affecting.

    Apr 14, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a sensitive portrayal of a jolly, caring environment that unwittingly converts its charges into helpless infants.

    Apr 14, 2005
  • Works more than it doesn't, though it's easy to conclude that the film exploits some of the elderly in the movie.

    Apr 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Assisted Living

  • May 31, 2008
    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 K Super Reviewer

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