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A Little Help Reviews

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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
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
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
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
July 28, 2011
It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
July 22, 2011
It finds its footing in a morose but funny reflection of life upended.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 21, 2011
Its female protagonist and her real-life woes are a lemonade-refreshing change of pace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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-
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.
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
June 10, 2011
A highly entertaining and richly human movie experience with a gem of a performance from Jenna Fischer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 2, 2011
Jenna Fischer breaks away from her bland role in TV's 'The Office' to display the full range of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 22, 2013
A misguided dopey little vanity project that's harmless, but inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 1, 2011
...a well-intentioned yet misguided piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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