“Minny Jackson: "Eat My Sh't".”
“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“You Can Still Find Beauty In The Darkest Places.”
“Filled With Beautiful Characters, Powerful Thematic Nuances, Impressive Directing, And A Great Set Of Glazing Performances, The Help Is An Oscar Material Film That Shouldn't Be Missed By Anyone Out There, Cinephile Or Casual Moviegoer.”
“When You Hear The Words, Coming Out Of Her Mouth, They Sting, They Are So Raw And Driven, You Cannot Help But Feel The Pain Coming From Aibileen.”
“Millie Don't Burn Fried Chicken!”
“You Is Kind. You Is Smart. You Is Important.”
“It's A Very Well-made Film, In Every Respect, Reminiscent Of The Secret Life Of Bees, Paralleling It In Tone And Themes, Such As Having A Strong, Nearly Predominant Female Presence Throughout, And There's Nothing Wrong With That.”
“The #1 Best-seller Is Brought Lovingly To Scree”
The movie isn't perfect; it sometimes shows its stitching. But mostly it's a stirring salute to subjugated women who hold their heads high.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Save for Ms. Davis's, the performances are almost all overly broad, sometimes excruciatingly so, characterized by loud laughs, bugging eyes and pumping limbs.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
In dramatic terms it works a treat.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
Fans of the best-selling novel can rest easy: The warmly engaging book has been made into an equally affecting movie.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Both taste and perspective will inform whether viewers will find The Help a revelatory celebration of interracial healing and transcendence, or a patronizing portrait that trivializes those alliances by reducing them to melodrama and facile uplift.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"The Help'' comes out on the losing end of the movies' social history. The best film roles three black women will have all year require one of them to clean Ron Howard's daughter's house. It's self-reinforcing movie imagery.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
We get a fairly typical Hollywood flattening of history, with powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
While the book's minor -- but crucial -- details are often overlooked, the major themes are thrust on screen with forceful simplicity, as if Taylor doesn't trust us to understand the stakes.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
"The Help" takes us on a pop-cultural tour that savors the picturesque, and strengthens stereotypes it purports to shatter.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A splendid entertainment -- a film that makes us for root for the good guys, hiss at the bad and convulse in laughter when good wreaks vengeance with a smile.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
There's something lived-in and genuine about this infectious melodrama.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Thanks to a talented cast -- starting with leads Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer -- the movie is often entertaining. But The Help should have been challenging too.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Sounds kinda like Mississippi Burning meets Steel Magnolias, doesn't it?
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
The Help belongs to Viola Davis.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
[The Help] is, in some ways, 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.
David Denby - New Yorker
I was drawn into the characters and quite moved, even though all the while I was aware it was a feel-good fable, a story that deals with pain but doesn't care to be that painful.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
"The Help" has Viola Davis going for it, and she is more than enough.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
As in many reductive period pieces, there are no real characters here, just archetypes, namely reactionary cretins and sensitive souls who anticipate modern attitudes.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
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.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Help" avoids the trap of recasting a story of black struggle into the story of a white savior.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Appalling, entertaining, touching and perhaps even a bit healing, The Help is an old-fashioned grand yarn of a film, the sort we rarely get these days.
Tom Long - Detroit News
"The Help" is filled with good acting and better intentions.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The uneven racial terrain of the film likely won't stand in the way of multiple nominations for some truly outstanding performances throughout the movie.
Meghan Keane - New York Observer
It serves as an enlightening and deeply affecting exercise in empathy for those who've never considered what life must have been like for African-Americans living with inequality a full century after the Emancipation Proclamation called an end to slavery.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Aims for "To Kill a Mockingbird" significance, but lands in "Steel Magnolias" territory.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
"The Help" transcends its comfort-food-for-Oprah's Book Club wrapping to get at something deeper, the gray in a story that seems so far removed as to be utterly black and white.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Occasionally the sentimental sweep of the picture threatens to overwhelm, but Taylor manages to pull it back in time.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
While it may not always be subtle, it pulls off a rare feat of sincerity.
William Goss - Film.com
If you lived through that time, it is incredible to contemplate how much has changed (and how much hasn't) over the years, not only in race relations but in attitudes toward women. That's part of the fascination of watching The Help, which...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
Now comes the inevitable movie, which, in the hands of writer/director Tate Taylor, does a novel about injustice an injustice itself: It turns lite into featherweight.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
"The Help" definitely worked on me as a consummate tear-jerker with a terrific cast, and it's pretty much the summer's only decent Hollywood drama.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The Help is a high-functioning tearjerker, but the catharsis it offers feels glib and insufficient, a Barbie Band-Aid on the still-raw wound of race relations in America.
Dana Stevens - Slate
There are small moments in the film though that make you long for a movie that is not so deep-dish serious and self-conscious.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Stone, Davis and Spencer forge something quite beautiful, a sense of sisterhood and equality that unfolds with ease and grace, never feeling forced or untrue to their era and circumstances.
David Germain - Associated Press
For every obvious turn The Help takes, there is Davis, the ideal counterweight.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
The Help is an exhilarating gift, a deeply touching human story filled with humor and heartbreak, and sublime performances from Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone and Co.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Laughter, which is ladled on thick as gravy, proves to be the secret ingredient -- turning what should be a feel-bad movie about those troubled times into a heart-warming surprise.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Outstanding performances and a delicate approach to racial tensions make this film a cut above other inspirational period dramas.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
Transcends its comfort-food-for-Oprah's Book Club wrapping to get at something deeper, the gray in a story that seems so far removed as to be utterly black and white."
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Octavia Spencer's Minny provides the movie's funniest moments, especially when she gets her own back on former employer Hilly with an audacious reprisal that proves that revenge is indeed a dish best served cold.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
La pelicula realmente triunfa en la exploracion de la complicidad y solidaridad que se establece entre mujeres solas, quebradas, necesitadas de oportunidades e inconformes con los moldes sociales preestablecidos.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
I found it surprisingly enjoyable. And I suppose that's the greatest compliment I could give the film: I didn't hate it, even if I was dreading it going in.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A quiet but powerful film that really does have Oscar written all over it.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Aimed at heart and conscience, novel and film have their overdone moments but remain worthy of close attention.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Brimming with believable, likeable women characters and set against the turbulence of Mississippi in the 1960s, 'The Help' is almost as good as Kathryn Stockett's novel.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"The Help" is refreshing and possibly the best film of the year.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
To "the help," the possibility of the children growing up as clones of their parents isn't a consideration. It's all about loving the innocent. But, it's a dilemma.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
This is a generally family-friendly affair which isn't interested in getting its hands too dirty.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
Some will scoff that it covers familiar territory or that the message should have been angrier and louder...but there is beauty in its lack of heavy handed sermonizing.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
As hard to dislike as it is to truly admire, this artfully manipulative issue movie knows where its strengths lie... and most of them lie in Viola Davis.