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A Little Help Reviews

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 22, 2011
It finds its footing in a morose but funny reflection of life upended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
July 22, 2011
It's a shame that the characters that orbit the film's star are far more predictably written and performed.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 21, 2011
Its female protagonist and her real-life woes are a lemonade-refreshing change of pace.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 21, 2011
With a little help from films like this, Fischer could trade her small-screen fame for multiplex stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 21, 2011
File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2008 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011
If the film takes too long to reach its rather soft denouement, Fischer makes Laura's awakening convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 21, 2011
Though the enjoyable prickliness of the film's early scenes soon dissolves into cozy solutions, a sturdy supporting cast - even Ron Leibman's scenery-chewing turn as Laura's blowhard father is more amusing than annoying - balances the scales.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 21, 2011
A lackluster, weirdly paced and ultimately dull story of a woman in crisis - played for laughs, except there aren't any.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
July 21, 2011
Often tasteless study of a young widow strains viewer patience and exploits 9/11 to an obnoxious degree.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 21, 2011
An emotionally rich dramedy about the transformation of a very troubled 35-year-old wife and mother who is felled by several crises beyond her control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 21, 2011
A Little Help doesn't settle for the dark comedy it should have been.
| Original Score: 2/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
July 21, 2011
It wants to be about missed opportunities for empathy and connection - but can't find its way to dark laughs, despite a layered performance by Fischer.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 20, 2011
It's difficult to figure out exactly where the film might be heading at any given point, since it follows the loping, meandering rhythms and casualness of a character study rather than conforming to the conventions of any particular genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
July 20, 2011
Fischer's performance is sweet and subtle, but the film can be so understated in tone and plot that it's hard to tell if it's actually saying anything.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 20, 2011
Ultimately, the film is best appreciated as a welcome big-screen starring vehicle for Fischer, who expertly navigates the comedic and dramatic demands of a role that keeps her onscreen for virtually the entire running time.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 20, 2011
A Little Help could have used a lot of help, but it's doubtful that would have saved it from being one of the most incompetent movies we've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
July 20, 2011
A Little Help bobbles between humorous and dramatic tones for the first half of the film, which ultimately turns dark and dour. I kept expecting black comedy and just found more black.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 20, 2011
The actors are sincere (especially Ms. Fischer, who plays frustration well) and the direction has a complacent rhythm, but 1 hour and 48 minutes is too long for a movie in which nothing much happens.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
July 19, 2011
While Fischer handles every emotional curveball, she's not helped by the film's reliance on rote notions of piecing your life back together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
July 19, 2011
The film's title needs a question mark, as our drowning heroine must grab her own bootstraps, but for all its sincerity, the film is as average and forgettable as most CBS comedies.
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