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The Help Reviews

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March 29, 2014
Taylor's palpably meandering sensibilities are exacerbated by an almost comically overlong running time...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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-
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
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."
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.
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
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
December 29, 2011
A quiet but powerful film that really does have Oscar written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
December 24, 2011
Aimed at heart and conscience, novel and film have their overdone moments but remain worthy of close attention.
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
December 9, 2011
"The Help" is refreshing and possibly the best film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
October 31, 2011
A faithful, heart-warming adaptation that will satisfy fans of the book, divert the uninitiated and tickle the Academy's fancy.
October 29, 2011
This coming of age tale is deeply affecting, magnificently acted and truly enlightening ... are truly inspirational women who are an absolute joy to spend time with.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 29, 2011
I was disappointed at the end to realize the picture was fiction not fact but perhaps that's a tribute to the authenticity writer-director Tate Taylor achieves in this beautifully realized picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2011
The running time of 146 minutes takes too much wind out of Aibileen's sails, but her tear-jerking dignity in the denouement is marvellous to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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