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A Little Help Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
A misguided dopey little vanity project that's harmless, but inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013
An odd duck of a period piece dramedy, a wonderfully detailed character-study set on Long Island a year after the 9/11 attacks."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 1, 2011
...a well-intentioned yet misguided piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
October 29, 2011
Though the movie can't possibly wrap up all its dramatic threads in any realistic manner, the way it abruptly leaves off is just as dissatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
August 9, 2011
O'Donnell's character isn't the only relative that we and Fischer's Laura come to resent (although she at least finds opportunities to sneak away for cigarette and beer breaks).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 5, 2011
Jenna Fischer shows off her dramatic chops but her downer film is a bit aimless.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John DeFore
Washington Post
August 5, 2011
The next chapter in Laura's story might be something worth rooting for, but here's hoping she has a different writer penning her lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
August 4, 2011
For a movie without much on its mind, A Little Help is impressively determined in its downward spiral, with only the minimum uplift to prevent audiences from walking straight out of the theater and into oncoming traffic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
July 29, 2011
Despite the best efforts by Jenna Fischer playing against type as a smoking, drinking newly-single mother, A Little Help is a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5.0
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 29, 2011
A Little Help doesn't dazzle, and you can pick at its parts, but Fischer's performance gives the movie a sense of romantic weariness that lingers. Life is a series of disasters to be weathered, no matter how cute you are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 28, 2011
The film suffers from an uncertain tone, playing serious situations for laughs while supplying Laura with a drinking habit and a hair-trigger temper that come across as problems rather than endearing foibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 28, 2011
Sweetly cast, but the dramatic material doesn't play and the film overall never quite convincingly locates a singular tone or point of focus that would kick it up and make it recommendation-worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2011
This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer gives one of the smarter, more honest - and vulnerable, and tough - performances by an actress on the big screen in an even longer stretch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 28, 2011
It's not that Jenna Fischer is miscast in "A Little Help.'' It's that she's mis-everything else: misused, misdirected, misanthropic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2011
"A Little Help" settles for familiar and modest payoffs. It's not much. Yet Fischer clearly relishes the chance to play someone who's a demurely reckless mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
July 28, 2011
Fischer flexes real-deal acting chops as a woman who's lost control of her life, learning that when parents lie, soon kids lie too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
July 28, 2011
Fischer does her best, but she needs a little help to make all the meanness worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2011
It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 22, 2011
It's no disaster, just OK, with Fischer boosting it a notch or two from what it otherwise would be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 22, 2011
That this is small comedy is fine. That it doesn't have a single big laugh is a little tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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