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

The Help Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 29, 2014

Taylor's palpably meandering sensibilities are exacerbated by an almost comically overlong running time...

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 26, 2013

Lifetime Channel movie with paternalistic liberalism bordering on Paula Deen malignity.

John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

A great story and a wonderful cast combine to make this drama a must-see.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013

If you think the summer has been lacking in sophisticated adult entertainment, don't worry, 'The Help' is on the way.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013

Outstanding performances and a delicate approach to racial tensions make this film a cut above other inspirational period dramas.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013

Transcends its comfort-food-for-Oprah's Book Club wrapping to get at something deeper, the gray in a story that seems so far removed as to be utterly black and white."

Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 12, 2012

Octavia Spencer's Minny provides the movie's funniest moments, especially when she gets her own back on former employer Hilly with an audacious reprisal that proves that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold.

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 10, 2012

La película realmente triunfa en la exploración de la complicidad y solidaridad que se establece entre mujeres solas, quebradas, necesitadas de oportunidades e inconformes con los moldes sociales preestablecidos.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 7, 2012

I found it surprisingly enjoyable. And I suppose that's the greatest compliment I could give the film: I didn't hate it, even if I was dreading it going in.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011

A quiet but powerful film that really does have Oscar written all over it.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 24, 2011

Aimed at heart and conscience, novel and film have their overdone moments but remain worthy of close attention.

Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011

Brimming with believable, likeable women characters and set against the turbulence of Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' is almost as good as Kathryn Stockett's novel.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
December 9, 2011

"The Help" is refreshing and possibly the best film of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 24, 2011

To "the help," the possibility of the children growing up as clones of their parents isn't a consideration. It's all about loving the innocent. But, it's a dilemma.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
November 11, 2011

This is a generally family-friendly affair which isn't interested in getting its hands too dirty.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011

Some will scoff that it covers familiar territory or that the message should have been angrier and louder...but there is beauty in its lack of heavy handed sermonizing.

Full Review | Original Score: B+

Film4
November 1, 2011

As hard to dislike as it is to truly admire, this artfully manipulative issue movie knows where its strengths lie... and most of them lie in Viola Davis.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jane Crowther
Total Film
October 31, 2011

A faithful, heart-warming adaptation that will satisfy fans of the book, divert the uninitiated and tickle the Academy's fancy.

Philip French
Observer [UK]
October 30, 2011

The movie is facile, not a little patronising, and it ends up as crude and sentimental.

Lisa Giles-Keddie
Real.com
October 29, 2011

This coming of age tale is deeply affecting, magnificently acted and truly enlightening ... are truly inspirational women who are an absolute joy to spend time with.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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