Assisted Living


Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 3 out of 19

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  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. This finale turns Assisted Living from fascinating experimental film into something finer.
  3. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Somehow, Assisted Living jells. Maggie Riley is astoundingly convincing, and she and Bonsignore's Todd have an unforced chemistry that catches you off guard.
  4. Gently filmed, quietly thoughtful, sometimes almost heartbreaking.
  5. Works more often than it doesn't.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    A noteworthy piece on a difficult subject.
  7. 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.
  8. 70
    Greenebaum manages to portray old-age as a condition with its own peculiar beauty and considerable grace.
  9. 70
    Yet for all its willful blurring of the lines between documentary and fiction, Assisted Living is the least self-conscious of movies.
  10. 70
    Only 22 when he began shooting the film, Greenebaum displays a prodigious understanding of the treatment of the elderly in contemporary America.
  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.
User Score

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
    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
    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.