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The Help may be more interested in the moral at the end of the story than the story itself, but what saves the film from its meticulous one dimensiona ..
The whole thing is rigged for crowd pleasing payoffsa bit about chocolate pie gets more mileage than a Priusand those payoffs are about honoring white ..
Its very entertaining.Viola Davis is a force of nature and Octavia Spencer has a wonderfully expressive face and flawless comic timing.
But if you can get past the sluggish pace and the uninteresting character of Hilly, youre going to find a thoughtful movie that goes beyond the clichs ..
Happily, theres a refreshing outlier among these otherwise insufferable recent Ole Miss grads.
(Perhaps, given the gender of the source novelist and most of the films characters, maternalism might be the better word.)
It may be a tad patronising occasionally, but like its heroine Skeeter, its well meaning and hugely likable despite its flaws.A simplistic portrayal o ..
While her small minded friends gossip through Junior League meetings, she envisions her first book idea: to give voice to the African American houseke ..
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But The Help has plenty of danger just beneath the surface of its prevalent humor.
That is not, however, to cast doubt on the power of its performances, or the compelling force of its narrative.
If you didnt see the film, I bet you could have guessed what the maids were saying if you wanted to.
Your arteries harden just watching that scene, but thats part of the appeal.
Not bloody likely.The Help is better viewed as an emotionally accurate story than a historically accurate one.)
The unknown Taylor has done a terrific job paring down the book yet keeping so much content and his direction, while not visionary, is rock solid.
While its a little too Disney fied for my tastes, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer make it worth seeing. Both should be remembered during Oscar season.
An inspirational drama of friendship, hope, and social freedom, The Help is a delicate and touching film that will have you laughing one moment and cr ..
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Fans of the book may not remember it as a comedy, but the box office will likely crack a wide smile.
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The likable Stone so sharp in satirical teen comedies like Easy A feels a bit too contemporary in this role.
Tyler Perry might have made a fine movie from Stocketts book.I doubt if Tate Taylor could make a fine movie out of anything.
The film also seems as if it were made in a void of cinematic ignorance, as if no motion picture of that or any other era ever tackled this topic.
Not perfect, but it is very good, and very moving, with some wonderful performances.
They answer doors, cook and serve meals, change diapers and raise children for parents who are, supposedly, too busy to bother.They do all this with a ..
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Its ultimately rather shocking just how little within Pretty Ugly People actually works, as first time filmmaker Taylor offers up a uniformly unlikabl ..
The film presents the thorny, emotionally charged material with respect and abundant good humor.
Eric Ds Nider
On a conceptual level, it makes sense, since throughout history there are sad and sorry examples of one group attempting to systematically degrade ano ..
Mark Reviews Movies
Laughter, which is ladled on thick as gravy, proves to be the secret ingredient turning what should be a feel bad movie about those troubled times int ..
In an age of 3 D eye abuse and increasingly base and smutty comedies, here is a film that celebrates the human spirit and delivers a true cinematic ex ..
The psychology of this query is too complicated for a film so hell bent on jerking easy tears and capturing a wide audience.
Debate the division of perspective all you want, but it is Skeeter who is told that Courage sometimes skips a generation.
E Film Critic
A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer.
This film has all the qualities of an engaging and heart affecting movie.
Spirituality And Practice
If anything, it succeeds precisely because it never overdoes the hand wringing.
This DreamWorks production, a sort of primer on racism for grade school children, presents the segregation era with little sociological nuance but ple ..
In The Help, lying is a way of life. If the maids lie as a function of their employment, their employers lie in ways at once subtler and more blatant.
In the US in this year alone there have been new short story collections by at least five fine writers with origins in the Indian subcontinent: Vandan ..
However, this film is also an old fashioned Hollywood weepie with a sentimental undertow.
The superficiality is doubly felt because the performances by Stone but especially by Davis and Spencer are so much more deeply felt.
It wasnt all mean girls and good girls.Still, in this season of robots, aliens and superheroes, The Help is a blue ribbon achievement.
The fresh narrative we havent seen ten thousand times before.The unsentimental direction that lets you feel your own emotions instead of having them d ..
And in the warm, emotional final act, the story carries a powerfully resonant final punch.
Shadows On The Wall
This is mature cinema with something to say and plenty of entertaining ways to say it.
Urban Cine File
This is a hard thing to pull off without winking at an audience familiar with how this story continued.
But the movie is facile, not a little patronising, and it ends up as crude and sentimental.
Would she truly have lived to brag about it afterwards.Ah well, in dramatic terms it works a treat.
It is Daviss performance that gives this movie a chance of winning an Oscar.
The animated Spencer has most of the fun as Minny, a cook with a fiery temper.
New York Post
What really holds the film in place and makes it worthwhile are the performances.
Stone continues to star in seemingly every other movie out this summer, and its nice to see her in a drama, though frankly at times Skeeter seems a li ..
The idea that the worst strains of indoctrinated American racism resided primarily in Southern culture is nothing new, and in that regard the The Help ..
Aimed at heart and conscience, novel and film have their overdone moments but remain worthy of close attention.
Reel Talk Reviews
This moral Manichaeism makes for satisfying melodramain fact, one of the two scenes that made me cry involved the angelic Constantine.
The Veterans: This ensemble blends heavyweights with newcomers that made the movie feel grounded with a fresh energy.
Itll help you understand that the only way a story like this can exist and deliver the happy ending you want is for it to twist itself into a pretzel ..
The Help comes out on the losing end of the movies social history. The best film roles three black women will have all year require one of them to cle ..
Susan Grangers review of The Help (DreamWorks/Disney) Adroitly adapted from Kathryn Stocketts controversial 2009 novel, its the very personal story of ..
And the uneven racial terrain of the film likely wont stand in the way of multiple nominations for some truly outstanding performances throughout the ..
Though structurally messy and visually shapeless, The Help deserves to be seen for its novel subject and thematic concerns, and pleasure of watching g ..
Writer director Tate Taylor allows the film to meander through a lot of scenes that, while sometimes touching or funny, often feel incidental.
Its easy to pick sides, easy to feel good about every educational mud pie in Miss Hillys face.
Though the story is good and the performances are even better, The Help is really no different than Disneys typical inspirational crowd pleasers, even ..
Taylor doesnt seem much interested in him; hes just a guy, and not quite real.Female friendship is at the heart of the movie.
Thats a nice feeling to take out of the theater with you, but it does a disservice to the vibrant characters with whom youve just spent the last two h ..
Las Vegas Weekly
The movie does go on a little too long and many of the later scenes could have used a trim, but you do leave the theater warmed up and feeling as if y ..
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After much hand wringing about the consequences, maid Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) can no longer stand by.
Compiled with more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
This is an appropriately moving film that never bows to sentimentality.
One might have felt justified, but three or four seem a tad manipulative.Those little flaws dont detract too much, though, because the film is very st ..
Viola Davis gives an outstanding performance, but the adaptation lacks bite
And if some of the emotional notes are a heavily coated and deep fried, it doesnt make them any less attractive.
Eye For Film
I found it surprisingly enjoyable. And I suppose thats the greatest compliment I could give the film: I didnt hate it, even if I was dreading it going ..
Its entertaining enough, but some shades of grey and added nuance would have given it more depth.
Three Movie Buffs
We dont need to see white characters feeling guilty or oppressed to understand that the verbal and emotional abuse committed against the help is wrong ..
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Their warmth and humor radiates.You just like spending time with these characters.
Take it or leave it.The superb cast dont stop with Viola Davis and Emma Stone.
Dustin Put Man
Its well crafted and performed and well, if all the ends tie up a little too neatly and every single sub text is spelled out, thats Hollywood for you. ..
This it does with a sensitivity and sureness of intent that guarantees its heart and head remain in the right place at all times.
Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) are unlikely friends.Aibileen is withdrawn, respectful, and religious whereas Minny i ..
The Help is a bit of a conundrum because it has such a sure feel for artistic subtlety during some moments, then goes for Oscar mongering emotional bo ..
Larsen On Film
It is a solid piece of entertainment, but it could have been something deeper and richer, with a little more effort.
Hollywood And Fine
In the end, its not a particularly original story and not sold with much integrity.A few wonderful performances aside, The Help is a maddeningly distr ..
Brian Or Ndorf
Segregation Era Saga Explores Unquestioned Socialite Maid Relationships Kathryn Stockett made an auspicious debut in 2009 with the publication of The ..
Like being ordered to have long hair and smile on stage, but wondering how to smile with a trombone in your mouth.Or repeatedly told youre not good en ..
Although the story is uplifting and the characters heroic, The Help feels like a missed opportunity to explore the inner lives of these women and the ..
Part moving drama, part sappy tale of female camaraderie, The Help is an overall entertaining morality play buoyed by a well acted ensemble cast featu ..
Matts Movie Reviews
Its grown up time.Summer has exhausted its silos of slow mo explosions, CGI critters and second rate superheroes.
The Filmy Ap
It more than satisfies that itch for big stars tackling big ideas in a film packing as much flavor and punch as a bottle of Southern Comfort.
What will happen if someone finds out about the book.At first glance, The Help looks like a cartoonish, out of touch, much too lighthearted look at a ..
Synopsis Spider Mans new squeeze Emma Stone plays a southern belle and aspiring journalist who stirs up 1960s Mississippi society when she decides to ..
Those who loved the novel will probably enjoy the film but anyone expecting a stirring, powerful drama in the vein of Alan Parkers Mississippi Burning ..
Punctuated by Mary J. Bliges heart tugging anthem Living Proof, this is one shameless tear jerker that earns its sniffles.
Viola Davis has a way with words that cuts to the quick, and pierces the heart.
This doesnt mean its not an entertaining movie: it is quite enjoyable.
It is, however,an exceptionally performed and consistently (even over the course of its two and a half hour runtime) entertaining drama.
The Help has so much heart its easy to feel both sorrow and enjoyment while watching such an emotional film.
Its a tough, beautifully judged performance it gives this too soft movie a spine.
It is good natured, well acted and likable, in spite of its flaws.
Fan The Fire Magazine
This might come as a surprise to anyone sucked in by the films noble morals.
Or Lando Weekly
There are not enough superlatives to describe the best ensemble acting of the year. The cinematography, costumes, interior designs & musical score are ..
Davis and Spencer, two wonderful accomplished actresses, shine most when theyre sharing scenes with each other, but unfortunately cant offer more than ..
Reel Talk Online
And there still museums with pay what you wish admission, if not every day, then on certain days weekly or monthly.You just have to know who offers wh ..
New York Time Out
Minorities should flock to this story.Its an angle of racism I havent seen.
The Scorecard Review
Whereas The Blind Side was a story about compassion and the fruit it bears, The Help is a story about justice and the courage it sometimes takes to pu ..
But its release in the waning days of summer is a bracing reminder that theres more to entertainment than superheroes, hyper intelligent apes and belo ..
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Even at two and a half hours, the film is entertaining, as the forces of good inevitably triumph and the bad people get their comeuppance in perfectly ..
By Eleanor Ringel CaterI wish I didnt have to say this, but The Help is a chore.Of all the summer movies, its the one most people have asked me about ..
The highlight is the performances.Davis and Spencer shine as Aibileen and Minny, Stone is suitably likeable and fiery, Howard is outstanding as the bi ..
Standard Net Au
I can see the merit in the movie and what it set out to do, but it fell too short to be worth seeing.
One final exasperated exhale from Aibilene is just the right cathartic move to end with.
The Film Experience
The one element the film gets pitch perfect is Viola Davis touching, deep and powerful portrayal.
Dwight Brown Ink
Who needs delicate Southern charm when you have this much passion surging through your veins
If you simply dont ask yourself any questions, if you just watch the movie and dont second guess anyones intentions, The Help will make you feel good. ..
Its a wonderful premise, but on screen lacks a sense of jeopardy viz Kurt Russells performance in the LA riots inspired thriller Dark Blue (2002).
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The Help is a robust piece of storytelling, an emotional fountain of fiercely good, fem centric ensemble acting, and a refreshing change of pace from ..
But dont underestimate such solid virtues as a keen sense of place, a well told story and a half dozen or more zesty performances.
And Viola, who is like Green Lantern with a massive walloping fist coming out of what seems like nowhere to crush you emotionally, is The Rock on the ..
Movie City News
While this honor often means a sappy shlockfest of a film, writer/director Tate Taylor takes care to balance the at odds themes of shameful social inj ..
Sign On Sandiego
With powerful performances given by Viola Davis and scene stealer Octavia Spencer, the film is an emotionally, moving drama that remains highly entert ..
Held me in its firm but phony grasp by Viola Davis (whose dripping nose is becoming as much a recognizable acting tic as Meryl Streeps upturned hand o ..
Windy City Media Group
This film belongs to women.Its one of the best movies of the year so far, Hollywood revving on all cylinders.
Hono Lulu Pulse
But its a testament to the lead actors talents that they make this uneasy stew of historical window dressing and Hollywood uplift palatable in the mom ..
Time Out Chicago
Separate But Equal by Glenn Lovell Part conscience searing history lesson, part shamelessly manipulative melodrama, Tate Taylors adaptation of Kathryn ..
The movie isnt perfect; it sometimes shows its stitching. But mostly its a stirring salute to subjugated women who hold their heads high.
In the pundits defense, it was a terribly slow movie summer, with plenty of cheap ink expended on predictable sequels and superheroes.
In These Times
With a plodding pace and a nonexistent emotional core, this dull attempt to deal with a past wound instead does a disservice to it.
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