The Assistant

critic Reviews

92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score92%
  • Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    The Assistant isn't about empowerment (that's a task for other filmmakers), but presents a cruel, unvarnished reality.
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    Paul ByrnesSydney Morning Herald
    There is a through-line in terms of theme, and Green has made only good choices here. The film is tautly constructed, able to be shot largely in one place, and with minimal staging and effects.
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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    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.
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    Hannah WoodheadLittle White Lies
    Required viewing for every person in a job with an in-built power structure.
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    Tim RobeyDaily Telegraph (UK)
    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.
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    Peter BradshawGuardian
    It is a sombre, realist study of what day-by-day, moment-by-moment abuse actually looks like.
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    A.S. HamrahThe Baffler
    This compact, almost Bressonian narrative feature by Kitty Green, an Australian non-fiction filmmaker now in Brooklyn, has a dark, tense force it keeps in place through minimal dialogue in limited settings.
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    Richard PropesTheIndependentCritic.com
    It's almost a gentle cinematic journey about a not so gentle cinematic beast.
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    Andrew KendallStabroek News
    Green avoids any potential hokeyness and prevents anything here from seeming the least bit sensational by presenting the film as a lesson in grim tautness.
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    Orla SmithSeventh Row
    One of the most brilliant elements of The Assistant is it's unsettling, tense sound design, which feels like it's embodying the building pressure in Jane's head.
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