(2011)

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88
Orlando Sentinel
Davis and Spencer give faces and fully-fleshed out lives to women who must have been more than what they did for a living as The Help.
88
A deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak is rare in any movie season, especially summer. That's what makes The Help an exhilarating gift.
80
Variety
A stirring black-empowerment tale aimed squarely at white audiences, The Help personalizes the civil rights movement through the testimony of domestic servants working in Jackson, Miss., circa 1963.
75
Chicago Tribune
Davis is reason No. 1 the film extracted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 best-seller improves on its source material.
70
The New Yorker
The Help is, in some way, crude and obvious, but it opens up a broad new swath of experience on the screen, and parts of it are so moving and well acted that any objections to what's second-rate seem to matter less as the movie goes on. [15 & 22 August 2011, p. 96]
70
The acting is uniformly excellent, and the cause - dragging the beginnings of civil rights into Jackson, Miss., at great risk - couldn't be nobler. What the film lacks is a strong point of view.
63
The movie is too pious for farce and too eager to please to comment persuasively on the racial horrors of the Deep South at that time.
60
Taylor does capture the Jim Crow era and its anxieties well, but his characters tend toward the facile and his white heroine is too idealized.
40
Boxoffice Magazine
A chick flick for do-gooders, The Help suffers from a malady common to the discrimination drama: its treatment of inequality is more condescending than the prejudice it aims to remedy.
25
Slant Magazine
High school creative-writing-class ironies of all kinds abound in The Help.

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