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A Little Help Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A lackluster, weirdly paced and ultimately dull story of a woman in crisis - played for laughs, except there aren't any.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
July 21, 2011
A Little Help doesn't settle for the dark comedy it should have been.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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+
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
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
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
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.