The Assistant

critic Reviews

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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Louisa MooreScreen Zealots
    Accurately portrays the weighty emotional toll that stems from knowing something isn't quite right, but you are powerless to do anything about it.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Matt GoldbergCollider
    Kitty Green's movie may offer a unique perspective on a toxic workplace but adds little insight.
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    Esther ZuckermanThrillist
    The Assistant is a tale of disillusionment, and Garner wears the exhaustion, stress, and pain of that on her face. Her performance is agonizing as is the movie that surrounds it. But that's the point.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    What makes the film such a spare but searingly insightful treatment of the issues at the core of Me Too is the way it refuses to separate its unseen executive's sexual predation from the larger structures that enable it.
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    Harvey S. KartenShockya.com
    Too minimalist for the big screen.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Chris BumbrayJoBlo's Movie Emporium
    A troubling day in the life of an assistant working for a Weinstein-like boss. Has a lot to say about both the culture of abuse and the enabling that allows toxic men like this to consistently get away with their crimes.
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    Jon NegroniThe Young Folks
    It's thrilling to see Green employing such mastery of how setting, lighting, and even something as simple as a stare can tell 15 minutes of story in just a few seconds.
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    A.A. DowdAV Club
    [W]hat Green achieves is something like a blueprint of the inner workings of an empire, demonstrating how someone like Weinstein could use the promise of career advancement to make those on his payroll unofficial accomplices.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    At times, it feels like watching The Devil Wears Prada be reworked by Ingmar Bergman.
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    Rendy JonesRendy Reviews
    A slow burner drama that injects you with a stressful thrill that is relative but also frightening, especially with the subject matter.
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