A Little Help Synopsis
A woman (Jenna Fischer) goes along with her adolescent son's lie about his father's death.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2009 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer, star of "The Office," gives one of the...
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Smith turns in a subtly layered performance that suggests the hurt behind Kathy's callousness. And O'Donnell gets to the heart of a man who...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

Fischer's performance is sweet and subtle, but the film can be so understated in tone and plot that it's hard to tell if it's actually...
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A Little Help settles for familiar and modest payoffs. It's not much. Yet Fischer clearly relishes the chance to play someone who's a...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Weithorn, a sitcom vet whose credits include "Ned and Stacey" and "The King of Queens," makes sure even the quiet moments in the unassuming...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Ultimately, the film is best appreciated as a welcome big-screen starring vehicle for Fischer, who expertly navigates the comedic and...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Some of the film is imaginatively put together. But the melodrama feels forced - manipulated by filmmakers hell-bent on teaching its main...
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's not that Jenna Fischer is miscast in A Little Help. It's that she's mis-everything else: misused, misdirected, misanthropic.
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A Little Help review

By Zombie_Ready
Just saw it last night with my girlfriend and was surprised with how great it was. Jenna is fantastic and the movie definitely brings out a range of her abilities....

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Rated R | For Language, some sexual content and drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ One strong performance in otherwise negative adult drama.
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