The Assistant Reviews

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April 29, 2020
After a while, the question becomes not just what kind of industry allowed this to happen, but how many people still working in it now looked the other way.
April 28, 2020
Required viewing for every person in a job with an in-built power structure.
February 25, 2020
The whole point of Green's film is the routine, submerged, and invisible quality of its horrors: you can readily believe Tuesday might be even worse.
February 23, 2020
It is a sombre, realist study of what day-by-day, moment-by-moment abuse actually looks like.
February 14, 2020
Green, the first filmmaker to give narrative voice to this subject, posits her day in the life of a witness to workplace gangrene as a grueling example of cinema as frustration.
February 11, 2020
You leave "The Assistant" thinking about why some of us are invisible and some of us don't notice - and about how evil lives in the places from which we look away.
February 11, 2020
No blood is shed. No bodies turn up. And yet The Assistant is one seriously chilling monster movie.
February 8, 2020
The film succeeds in showing how men with power can openly do essentially whatever they want as long as their company is successful, but it still left me wanting something more.
February 7, 2020
Green shows us nothing lurid, nothing explicit. Instead she lets the toxicity build, bit by bit, until it's seeped in everywhere. That's powerful, and that's worse, too.
February 6, 2020
The movie's a sleek, icy variation on "Alien vs Predator," with the predator off-screen, and the alienated woman depicted in nearly every frame, in a state of dread and wonder.
February 5, 2020
[M]aking it obvious, albeit ambiguous, is arguably a small misstep, in a film that otherwise derives all its sickening effectiveness not from what we see, but from what we don't.
February 4, 2020
"The Assistant" isn't a particularly enjoyable film, but its message and quiet power linger for days.
February 1, 2020
The Assistant is like a horror movie with a dose of Kafkaesque surrealism: A series of menial chores in service of a person so monstrous the camera literally cannot face him.
February 1, 2020
It's a patient, deliberate, and chilling film, a damning indictment of the power structures that define so much of American life.
February 1, 2020
A potent fable that both unearths and indicts the systems that kept Weinstein, and men like him, in power for so long.
January 31, 2020
It's slow and it doesn't have bells and whistles. It all really hinges on [Julia Garner's] performance -- which is great.
January 31, 2020
Ultimately, the film exists to evoke a mood and a mindset, one that strips away the glamor associated with "Hollywood" to expose a system that allows a monster to hide in plain sight.
January 31, 2020
The Assistant, a very good film, is especially good on power dynamics.
January 31, 2020
Ms. Garner transcends the inherent limits of her role to convey ineffable tenderness and wordless ferocity in a movie that's bigger than it seems.
Top Critic
January 30, 2020
Without resort to a single scene of graphic sexual violence, Green nails down the awful truth that Jane's exploitation is part and parcel of a silent but systemic abuse of powerless and vulnerable women.
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