91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Help has a saucy, humorous side.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Like its characters, it has its faults. But overall, it is a movie of imaginative sympathy that gets into the skin of its characters, into their hearts, and, ultimately, into ours.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Good story, great characters, a setting plucked from history - and a multiracial, multigenerational ensemble cast stacked with fabulous actresses. But the thing that makes The Help such a rousing crowd-pleaser is its generous helping of baked goods.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The Help sidesteps easy sentimentality. As the film's heart and soul, Davis and Spencer add vast reserves of depth and dignity to a crowd-pleasing tale.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Instead of plunging us into a racist past, however, The Help takes us on a pop-cultural tour that savors the picturesque, and strengthens stereotypes it purports to shatter.
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65

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Big hair, fine period frocks and interior design lend The Help a pleasingly retro look. Yet for someone who grew up in Mississippi, the director has little sense of place.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Emma Stone, for example, is no one's idea of an ugly duckling. And though she offers a sincere effort, she never quite settles into the role of Skeeter.
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62 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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