Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19
  1. 80
    It's difficult at first to tell whether this is a documentary or a fictional work and this makes Assisted Living all the more involving.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    Somehow, Assisted Living jells. Maggie Riley is astoundingly convincing, and she and Bonsignore's Todd have an unforced chemistry that catches you off guard.
  3. This finale turns Assisted Living from fascinating experimental film into something finer.
  4. Gently filmed, quietly thoughtful, sometimes almost heartbreaking.
  5. Works more often than it doesn't.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    Greenebaum manages to portray old-age as a condition with its own peculiar beauty and considerable grace.
  7. 70
    Yet for all its willful blurring of the lines between documentary and fiction, Assisted Living is the least self-conscious of movies.
  8. 70
    Only 22 when he began shooting the film, Greenebaum displays a prodigious understanding of the treatment of the elderly in contemporary America.
  9. May be a comedy, but its images of physical frailty are inescapably unsettling. As the camera fixates on frail, spotted trembling hands unsteadily reaching out, it is impossible not to imagine a future in which those hands could be yours.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    70
    A noteworthy piece on a difficult subject.
  11. 63
    The whimsy Greenebaum wants to construct can't match the terminal sadness that naturally takes over the film. Perhaps in accidental tribute to Todd, the whole thing feels half-baked.
  12. Reviewed by: Joe Mader
    60
    A curious film with real heart but questionable technique. This art house fodder is just quirky and fresh enough to catch on with audiences.
  13. Assisted Living's overall mix doesn't quite jell, though there are worthwhile moments.
  14. Reviewed by: Shawn Badgley
    50
    The occasionally contrived music-video slicky edge, and the fact that there's no way on God's green earth that what takes place in Assisted Living happens in one day, it's a noble effort.
  15. 50
    Assisted Living gets a little better as it wears on, and at least it's refreshingly short.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    50
    There's a finer line between peaceable pothead jocularity and just being a dick--and sometimes it's tough to tell whether Todd is more Jon Stewart or Tucker Carlson.
  17. Reviewed by: Debra Birnbaum
    38
    Jarringly insensitive and amateurish debut feature.
  18. Greenebaum's tedious, film-school level exercise in self-indulgence and exploitation.
  19. Parts of the film play like the world's slowest and most insensitive reality show (Who Wants to Be an Octogenarian?).
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 18, 2013
    7
    Assisted Living has really received some positive golden reviews but at the crux of it is that "there is truth inside every joke." Overall,Assisted Living has really received some positive golden reviews but at the crux of it is that "there is truth inside every joke." Overall, definitely heartfelt and authentic feel to the story. Would recommend. Full Review »
  2. LeeD.
    Jan 21, 2006
    8
    Really cute, won't win an Oscar, but it held my interest. It was a mix of sad, but also funny as real life is.