The Help Synopsis
An aspiring writer turns her 1960s Mississippi town on its ear by interviewing black women.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Help has a saucy, humorous side.
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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Good story, great characters, a setting plucked from history - and a multiracial, multigenerational ensemble cast stacked with fabulous...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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The Help

By Lunchmovie
Loved it...I actually laughed out loud at times and wiped a tear at others...a definite must see...gather up a few girlfriends and make it a all girls day...

The Help

By PNCGirl02
Best Movie that has been out in a LOOOOOONG time. Good story telling, no foul language, no nudity, good for all ages. GREAT acting by all involved. Will be buying the DVD as soon as it is...

The Good, the Bad, and the Nasty!

By Bayou Beauty 33
This is a must see for the young and old! It will make you laugh, make you cry, and inspire you to have the desire to make a difference. The Help sparked mixed emotions throughout the entire movie...

Should get an OSCAR!

By Brygantor
The movie was excellent, and it should win an Oscar! Excellent acting and story line!! Must-see movie of the year!!!...

Help Yourself!

By foodstar
Whatever happened to great movies? Where are the great stories? The rich production values? The jaw dropping impeccable performances of actors who transcend the script? Up until yesterday they were...

The Help

By bfolse
It's a great movie...

The Help

By Movienutts
This has got to be the best movie of the year. Well writen and well directed. This movie makes you feel what it is like to live during this period of time. You feel like you really get to know the...

Good Movie

By Film_Seeker
I really enjoyed this film. I thought Emma Stone and Viola Davis were fantastic! Bryce Dallas Howard did such a good job at making me hate her character. What a potrayal of such a horrible person! ...

The Help

By billkate
We've seen it twice & loved it both times. Best movie we've seen in a very long time! Wish Hollywood would make more movies like this, then we'd go to the movies more often! A good mix of laughter...

See it

By ZTokumoto
I liked this movie, it really makes you think about the past and how people used to treat other people just because of the color of there skin, this movie is a tear jerker and is really very sad but...

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Rated PG-13 | For Thematic material
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Poignant, thought-provoking civil rights tale.
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