The Assistant Reviews

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May 27, 2020
Its crescendo goes nowhere near an explosive statement. But this small movie portrays a tense reality that should never be denied. [Full review in Spanish].
May 22, 2020
The Assistant feels like an accurate if emotionally attenuated view of the battle lines in the digital workplace.
May 22, 2020
The quiet power of The Assistant lies in its nuance...
May 20, 2020
This is Garner's (Ozark) film and she delivers a magnificent performance, one that runs a truly impressive arc over the course of a single day.
May 19, 2020
A film designed more to educate and shine a light on the manipulative practices of the industry we so often use as an escape rather than specifically entertain, The Assistant is an uncomfortable experience, but a necessary one.
May 16, 2020
...a study of workplace oppression and a kind of systemic harassment that aims high but is somewhat undone by its own slow, miserable mood.
May 14, 2020
A quietly powerful, carefully composed film with a lot on its mind...Director Kitty Green takes the high road through the thorny terrain, preferring understatement to overstatement, subtlety to bombast.
May 14, 2020
There is no end to the humiliation in The Assistant, which imagines what it must have been like to serve as a downtrodden PA to a Harvey Weinstein type, and to accidentally but undeniably become his accomplice.
May 13, 2020
Remarkably assured, bold and precise ... gut-wrenching and evocative and atmospherically rich ... It all adds up to a stunning package, which also has something truly serious to say, and says it with breathtaking audacity. Brilliant.
May 10, 2020
This is less a film than a filmed play. Such an important subject, but the film is so careful not to overstate its point of view that it looses the reality and urgency of the situation.
May 8, 2020
The film follows a junior assistant as she tries to expose her boss and his reign of sexual terror. What happens is more disturbing. Because, what happens is . . . nothing.
May 6, 2020
The Assistant is an intoxicating exploration of abuse of power and the systems that cultivate it.
May 5, 2020
The Assistant is a must see, not just because it relates to the behaviour of everyone within the workplace, but because it does so without the need to preach.
May 4, 2020
A really well-made film with a great central performance, and I like the understatement of it...the very little details are what really matter and tell the story.
May 4, 2020
The Assistant delivers a remarkably nuanced portrait of the insidious, abusive, horribly toxic nature of an industry built on exploitation, driven by greed and perpetuated by the complex interaction of fear, complicity and self-loathing.
May 3, 2020
A performance of few words but immense physical eloquence by Julia Garner anchors this impressively chilling #MeToo-era drama about workplace harassment and abuse.
May 3, 2020
Garner delivers one of the best performances of the year, exquisite in its restraint and Green's writing, in particular, is exceptional. This is a discomforting, disquieting watch, but a more than worthwhile one.
May 1, 2020
The Assistant unfolds in a deliberate manner. Yet the dense, hopeless atmosphere never dissipates. It's not an easy movie to watch, but it's so laser-focused on making an important point, it earns our attention.
May 1, 2020
Green's follow-up to the innovative crime documentary Casting JonBenet is elegant, gripping and minimalist. ... Julia Garner is terrific.
May 1, 2020
Green shows the trickle-down effect of toxic masculinity, as Jane's male colleagues - scarcely higher in the pecking order than her - nevertheless chip away at her.
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