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The Assistant
The Assistant poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKitty Green
Produced by
  • Kitty Green
  • James Schamus
  • Scott Macaulay
  • P. Jennifer Dana
  • Ross Jacobson
Written byKitty Green
Music byTamar-kali
CinematographyMichael Latham
Edited by
  • Kitty Green
  • Blair McClendon
  • Symbolic Exchange
  • 3311 Productions
  • Level Forward
  • Cinereach
  • Forensic Films
  • Bellmer Pictures
  • JJ Homeward Productions
Distributed byBleecker Street
Release date
  • August 30, 2019 (2019-08-30) (Telluride)
  • January 31, 2020 (2020-01-31) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.1 million[2][3]

The Assistant is a 2019 American drama film written, directed, produced, and edited by Kitty Green. It stars Julia Garner, Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Noah Robbins and Jon Orsini.

It had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019. It was released on January 31, 2020, by Bleecker Street.


A young female graduate enters a film production company, slowly understanding the shady behaviors and practices in use.



In September 2018, it was announced Kitty Green would write and direct the film with James Schamus and Scott Macaulay producing under their Symbolic Exchange banner.[5] In December 2018, Julia Garner joined the cast of the film.[6] In April 2019, Matthew Macfadyen, Kristine Froseth, Makenzie Leigh, Noah Robbins and Dagmara Domińczyk joined the cast of the film. Production concluded that same month in New York City.[7] The film helps explain how sexually predatory behavior by powerful men often remains hidden.[8]


The Assistant had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on August 30, 2019.[9] Shortly after, Bleecker Street acquired distribution rights to the film, and set it for a January 31, 2020, release.[10]


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 171 reviews, with an average rating of 7.52/10. The critical consensus reads, "Led by a powerhouse performance from Julia Garner, The Assistant offers a withering critique of workplace harassment and systemic oppression."[11] On Metacritic, which assesses films on a score out of 100, The Assistant holds a score 76 based on reviews from 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Telluride Program Guide" (PDF). Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Assistant". The Numbers. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  3. ^ "The Assistant". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ Shaffer, Mitchell (February 14, 2020). "The Assistant Director Kitty Green On the Banality of Evil in #MeToo Workplace Drama". Slash Film. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 7, 2018). "Harvey Weinstein Assistant Feature In The Works From Kitty Green & James Schamus – Toronto". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (December 13, 2018). "Harvey Weinstein Assistant Movie: 'Ozark' Star Julia Garner In Negotiations To Play Lead". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (April 8, 2019). "Harvey Weinstein Assistant Movie: Matthew Macfadyen, Kristine Froseth & Makenzie Leigh Join Kitty Green Pic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Chang, Justin (2020-01-28). "'The Assistant' Helps Explain How Predatory Behavior Stays Hidden". NPR. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  9. ^ Hammond, Pete (August 29, 2019). "Telluride Film Festival: 'Ford V Ferrari', 'Judy', 'Motherless Brooklyn', Weinstein-Inspired Drama 'The Assistant' Among Premieres Headed To 46th Edition – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (October 25, 2019). "Harvey Weinstein-Inspired 'The Assistant' Acquired By Bleecker Street, Will Hit Theaters In January". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Assistant (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  12. ^ "The Assistant Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved February 6, 2020.

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