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Critic Consensus: Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression.

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"The Assistant" follows one day in the life of Jane (Julia Garner), a recent college graduate and aspiring film producer, who has recently landed her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul. Her day is much like any other assistant's -- making coffee, changing the paper in the copy machine, ordering lunch, arranging travel, taking phone messages, onboarding a new hire. But as Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow increasingly aware of the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her work day, an accumulation of degradations against which Jane decides to take a stand, only to discover the true depth of the system into which she has entered.

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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.

April 29, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Required viewing for every person in a job with an in-built power structure.

April 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 25, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is a sombre, realist study of what day-by-day, moment-by-moment abuse actually looks like.

February 23, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Green, the first filmmaker to give narrative voice to this subject, posits her day in the life of a witness to workplace gangrene as a grueling example of cinema as frustration.

February 14, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

You leave "The Assistant" thinking about why some of us are invisible and some of us don't notice - and about how evil lives in the places from which we look away.

February 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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