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The Help Reviews

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August 15, 2011
The film production elements are iffy at best: The lighting is too bright. The costumes don't seem real. Skeeter's obtrusive wig looks like a mop. The musical score is not an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 26, 2011
A guaranteed tear-jerker that serves as a decent reminder of America's very own Apartheid, it's fine as a slice of history. As a story though, it's sadly underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2011
It's a heartfelt effort and soundly performed, but it doesn't have the depth or nuance to sustain its long running time.
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.
August 11, 2011
As in many reductive period pieces, there are no real characters here, just archetypes, namely reactionary cretins and sensitive souls who anticipate modern attitudes.
August 12, 2011
Mainstream crowd pleaser The Help is a well-cast tearjerker set in a fake 60s Mississippi. Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer give Oscar-worthy performances.
| Original Score: B-
August 19, 2011
It's camp for people who want to feel like they're seeing something educational and uplifting between the guffaws.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
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August 9, 2011
While my neighbor had used up her hankie supply by the end of the movie, I left dry-eyed and disappointed.
August 11, 2011
"The Help" takes us on a pop-cultural tour that savors the picturesque, and strengthens stereotypes it purports to shatter.
August 9, 2011
High school creative-writing-class ironies of all kinds abound in The Help.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 10, 2011
Davis is the Aretha Franklin of acting, but this is another clichéd civil rights film. There is a dash of 'The Long Walk Home' and a strong helping of 'Driving Miss Daisy.' 'The Help' wasn't impactful enough to be offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
August 8, 2011
There are small moments in the film though that make you long for a movie that is not so deep-dish serious and self-conscious.
August 10, 2011
Some adaptations find a fresh, cinematic way to convey a book's spirit but "The Help" doesn't.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2011
We get a fairly typical Hollywood flattening of history, with powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes.
August 11, 2011
The Help is a nicely cast but otherwise pedestrian adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling 2009 novel.
August 31, 2011
It irks me when a film deals with issues that are actually important in an unsubtle and sentimenalised way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2011
Save for Ms. Davis's, the performances are almost all overly broad, sometimes excruciatingly so, characterized by loud laughs, bugging eyes and pumping limbs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 12, 2011
It's not a particularly original story and not sold with much integrity. A few wonderful performances aside, The Help is a maddeningly distracted film, occasionally flirting with utter irresponsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 10, 2011
A 'she said, she said' array of gossipy catfights targeting snobby southern belles. But that lets the men off the hook, while locating the scourge of Jim Crow segregation almost entirely among these demonized upper crust desperate housewives womenfolk.
September 2, 2011
A chore to sit through. At 146 minutes long, there is absolutely no excusing the running time... a panoply of lazy bromides.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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