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


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The Help Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2014
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

June 30, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A-

May 24, 2013
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

February 28, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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."

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service

January 13, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

March 12, 2012
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

January 10, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 7, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 9/10

December 29, 2011
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

December 24, 2011
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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 Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa) | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 22, 2011
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 4/5

December 9, 2011
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2011
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

November 11, 2011
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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 Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

November 8, 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2011
Jane Crowther
Total Film

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

Full Review Source: Total Film

October 31, 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 Source: Real.com | Original Score: 5/5

October 29, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

I was disappointed at the end to realize the picture was fiction not fact but perhaps that's a tribute to the authenticity writer-director Tate Taylor achieves in this beautifully realized picture.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

The running time of 146 minutes takes too much wind out of Aibileen's sails, but her tear-jerking dignity in the denouement is marvellous to behold.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

October 28, 2011
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