A Little Help Reviews

  • 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 saying anything.

    Keith Staskiewicz — Entertainment Weekly

  • Though the enjoyable prickliness of the film's early scenes soon dissolves into cozy solutions, a sturdy supporting cast - even Ron Leibman's scenery-chewing turn as Laura's blowhard father is more amusing than annoying - balances the scales.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • The next chapter in Laura's story might be something worth rooting for, but here's hoping she has a different writer penning her lines.

    John DeFore — Washington Post

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

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The film's title needs a question mark, as our drowning heroine must grab her own bootstraps, but for all its sincerity, the film is as average and forgettable as most CBS comedies.

    Aaron Hillis — Village Voice

  • It finds its footing in a morose but funny reflection of life upended.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "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 demurely reckless mess.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer gives one of the smarter, more honest - and vulnerable, and tough - performances by an actress on the big screen in an even longer stretch.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film suffers from an uncertain tone, playing serious situations for laughs while supplying Laura with a drinking habit and a hair-trigger temper that come across as problems rather than endearing foibles.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A Little Help doesn't dazzle, and you can pick at its parts, but Fischer's performance gives the movie a sense of romantic weariness that lingers. Life is a series of disasters to be weathered, no matter how cute you are.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's no disaster, just OK, with Fischer boosting it a notch or two from what it otherwise would be.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The actors are sincere (especially Ms. Fischer, who plays frustration well) and the direction has a complacent rhythm, but 1 hour and 48 minutes is too long for a movie in which nothing much happens.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2008 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Ultimately, the film is best appreciated as a welcome big-screen starring vehicle for Fischer, who expertly navigates the comedic and dramatic demands of a role that keeps her onscreen for virtually the entire running time.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • If the film takes too long to reach its rather soft denouement, Fischer makes Laura's awakening convincing.

    Sheri Linden — Los Angeles Times

  • A misguided dopey little vanity project that's harmless, but inert.

    Will Leitch — Deadspin

  • An odd duck of a period piece dramedy, a wonderfully detailed character-study set on Long Island a year after the 9/11 attacks."

    Roger Moore

  • ...a well-intentioned yet misguided piece of work.

    David Nusair — Reel Film Reviews

  • Though the movie can't possibly wrap up all its dramatic threads in any realistic manner, the way it abruptly leaves off is just as dissatisfying.

    Jeffrey M. Anderson — Common Sense Media

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