The Assistant

The Assistant

The Assistant

Julia Garner (TV's Ozark) is the assistant to a powerful corporate executive in this indie drama from award-winning filmmaker Kitty Green (Casting JonBenet).

Over the course of a single day, we follow Jane, a recently appointed junior assistant to an entertainment mogul as she performs her daily tasks while deflecting flak from all corners. As the pressure mounts and the abuses accumulate, she resolves to take a stand - only to realise the true depth of the system of which she is now part.

2020Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual themes87 minsUSA
DramaThrillerFestival & Independent
94%
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

The Assistant is a monster movie where the monster never appears on screen – and all the more effective for it. As the first film out of the gate to be inspired by the scandal of movie mogul rapist Harvey Weinstein, it resonates with potent timeliness. But its significance extends beyond Hollywood, ultimately reckoning with the silencing, insidious ecosystems that have long existed, and still do, within corporate and political institutions.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

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Make no mistake, this is a story that will resonate for anyone who has ever worked in a terrible job and/or with a terrible boss. The Assistant is an incredibly sad movie, but it’s also a compelling and important one.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Its restrained, deliberate style is ideally suited to making the point that people without restraints are capable of anything.

Vulture

Vulture

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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.

Time Out

Time Out

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This understated film builds up to a gut punch that's more painful than anything in the superficial, recent Roger Ailes exposé 'Bombshell'.

5.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

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It's a fascinating illustration of how the worst abuses can remain hidden even from those closest to the lion's den.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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The Assistant stands as an insightful, if after-the-fact look at long-tolerated behaviour. It's a reminder of how things were until very, very recently.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

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It's as tense and tight as a thriller, but with none of the satisfaction.

Variety

Variety

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The world needs movies like this, but it needs for them to be dynamic, dramatic and more empowering overall.

Flicks

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

The Assistant is a monster movie where the monster never appears on screen – and all the more effective for it. As the first film out of the gate to be inspired by the scandal of movie mogul rapist Harvey Weinstein, it resonates with potent timeliness. But its significance extends beyond Hollywood, ultimately reckoning with the silencing, insidious ecosystems that have long existed, and still do, within corporate and political institutions.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Make no mistake, this is a story that will resonate for anyone who has ever worked in a terrible job and/or with a terrible boss. The Assistant is an incredibly sad movie, but it’s also a compelling and important one.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Its restrained, deliberate style is ideally suited to making the point that people without restraints are capable of anything.

Vulture

Vulture

press

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.

Time Out

Time Out

press

This understated film builds up to a gut punch that's more painful than anything in the superficial, recent Roger Ailes exposé 'Bombshell'.

5.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It's a fascinating illustration of how the worst abuses can remain hidden even from those closest to the lion's den.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The Assistant stands as an insightful, if after-the-fact look at long-tolerated behaviour. It's a reminder of how things were until very, very recently.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

It's as tense and tight as a thriller, but with none of the satisfaction.

Variety

Variety

press

The world needs movies like this, but it needs for them to be dynamic, dramatic and more empowering overall.

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