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The Help Reviews

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Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
The racism inherent in its diversions and elisions is not only the filmmakers', but ours, too.
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Is it really appropriate for us to all stand up and applaud this courageous, fictional white gIrl?
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 29, 2014
Taylor's palpably meandering sensibilities are exacerbated by an almost comically overlong running time...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis Proyect
August 26, 2013
Lifetime Channel movie with paternalistic liberalism bordering on Paula Deen malignity.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A great story and a wonderful cast combine to make this drama a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 24, 2013
If you think the summer has been lacking in sophisticated adult entertainment, don't worry, 'The Help' is on the way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 28, 2013
Outstanding performances and a delicate approach to racial tensions make this film a cut above other inspirational period dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 13, 2013
Transcends its comfort-food-for-Oprah's Book Club wrapping to get at something deeper, the gray in a story that seems so far removed as to be utterly black and white."
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 12, 2012
Octavia Spencer's Minny provides the movie's funniest moments, especially when she gets her own back on former employer Hilly with an audacious reprisal that proves that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
January 10, 2012
La película realmente triunfa en la exploración de la complicidad y solidaridad que se establece entre mujeres solas, quebradas, necesitadas de oportunidades e inconformes con los moldes sociales preestablecidos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 7, 2012
I found it surprisingly enjoyable. And I suppose that's the greatest compliment I could give the film: I didn't hate it, even if I was dreading it going in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
December 29, 2011
A quiet but powerful film that really does have Oscar written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 24, 2011
Aimed at heart and conscience, novel and film have their overdone moments but remain worthy of close attention.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
Brimming with believable, likeable women characters and set against the turbulence of Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' is almost as good as Kathryn Stockett's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Violet Lucca
The L Magazine
December 12, 2011
With a plodding pace and a nonexistent emotional core, this dull attempt to deal with a past wound instead does a disservice to it.
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
December 9, 2011
"The Help" is refreshing and possibly the best film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
November 24, 2011
To "the help," the possibility of the children growing up as clones of their parents isn't a consideration. It's all about loving the innocent. But, it's a dilemma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
November 11, 2011
This is a generally family-friendly affair which isn't interested in getting its hands too dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
November 8, 2011
Some will scoff that it covers familiar territory or that the message should have been angrier and louder...but there is beauty in its lack of heavy handed sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

November 1, 2011
As hard to dislike as it is to truly admire, this artfully manipulative issue movie knows where its strengths lie... and most of them lie in Viola Davis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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