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A Little Help Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
A misguided dopey little vanity project that's harmless, but inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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-
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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
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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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.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 7, 2011
Suffused with feeling but dramatically wobbly, this modest character piece's embrace of life's emotional messiness ends up hurting more than helping the proceedings.
Edward Douglas
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
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 18, 2011
The film apparently intends to be a dramedy, but with next to no humor materializing, the story quickly bogs down into earnest indie bathos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
Brian Tallerico
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
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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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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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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 1, 2011
...a well-intentioned yet misguided piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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+
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
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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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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
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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