• PG-13, 2 hr. 17 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Tate Taylor
    In Theaters:
    Aug 10, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 6, 2011
  • DreamWorks Studios

Critic Review - Denver Post

Thanks to a talented cast -- starting with leads Emma Stone, Viola Davis​ and Octavia Spencer​ -- the movie is often entertaining. But The Help should have been challenging too.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (8)
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John Bromley

John Bromley

If they'd made the film too challenging the White Americans wouldn't have wanted to know about the film.
Most of them are too shallow with a short concentration span.
That's why films like Captain America are popular
From a white Englishman

Aug 15 - 08:41 AM

Gabriel R.

Gabriel Rauch

To hell with you, British asshole.

Sep 10 - 10:08 PM

Lindsey Elias

Lindsey Elias

That was rude. Not all Americans are like that. Now, we don't all have a short attention span. You British are all the same are you? Sure this movie could have been more challenging but, to stereotype a nation because of something you didn't like about a movie is ridiculous. Good day, sir.

Mar 4 - 09:29 PM

Abigail Althiser

Abigail Althiser

Whatever. This movie was the best, and like the englishman said people wouldn't want to watch a movie that was too challenging or too deep and serious.

Aug 24 - 02:32 PM

Heather Sinclair

Heather Sinclair

That's true: most White women, a big part of the audience of this film, want feel-good stories about relationships between White women and women of color. They want to feel that all that hard stuff is over now, resolved. But it's not, of course. I appreciated the candid reviews of Kennedy and others who point this out.

Aug 28 - 03:30 PM

Carolyn Neblett

Carolyn Neblett

I'm thrilled to read these reviews. I thought I was the only one in the world to think the book came up very short in what it COULD have been. It's shallow and will appeal to the masses. I haven't seen the movie, but I expect it will be the same. I struggled to get through the book. I was so disappointed when it didn't have more depth. @ John B... I am a white Mississippian. I get to have an opinion.:)

Aug 31 - 09:01 PM

Teddy Mukamal

Teddy Mukamal

PLEASE check out my VIDEO of the FASHION in THE HELP
@ajmukamal

http://andrewmukamal.com/todayslook/todays-look-episode-37-fashion-in-film-the-help

Sep 1 - 09:57 AM

Jessica Reeves

Jessica Reeves

Movies are meant to entertain, correct? If you want to watch something serious, maybe a documentary will be more to your liking. It was a fantastic movie. That doesn't mean I'm shallow or simple-minded. I agree with Lindsey Elias.

Aug 14 - 11:50 AM

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