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The Help

Overview


Genre :

Drama

Release Date :

August 10, 2011

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Tate Taylor

Starring :

Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mike Vogel, Anna Camp, Nelsan Ellis, Chris Lowell, Eleanor Henry, Emma Henry

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

3 of 4

“..while "The Help" is wholly entertaining, you never get the sense it's telling you the whole story..”
by Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]
4 of 4

“..this superb film, based on Kathryn Stockett's 2009 runaway bestseller, will trigger conspicuous Kleenex consumption and then, having broken the viewers' hearts, carefully mend them..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
2.5 of 4

“..on one hand, it's juicy, heartwarming, well-meant entertainment. On the other, it's an owner's manual..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
3 of 4

“..it's virtually guaranteed to be the chick flick of the summer, especially for the hard-core book-club set..”
by Karen D'Souza [San Jose Mercury News]
3 of 4

“..it is a movie of imaginative sympathy that gets into the skin of its characters, into their hearts, and, ultimately, into ours..”
by Carrie Rickey [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2 of 4

“..is uneven, but stellar performances from Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, well, help..”
by Meghan Keane [New York Observer]
3.5 of 5

“..is filled with good acting and better intentions..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
3 of 4

“..fans of the best-selling novel can rest easy: The warmly engaging book has been made into an equally affecting movie..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3 of 4

“..does a competent job, wisely letting his actresses have their moments, but takes no risks with the rest..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
3.5 of 4

“..a deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]

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