The Help Reviews
08.11.11 by REELZ
Oscar season has officially begun with The Help. Critics are lauding the performances of Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, but they are split on whether it's a good movie or not.
"...a delicious peppery stew of home-cooked, 1960s Southern-style racism that serves up a soulful dish of what ails us and what heals us."
— Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"...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
"...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
"The Help is like a lot of Southern fare made with Crisco: you'll want to gobble it up, but it's not particularly nourishing."
— Sara Stewart, New York Post
"...a fairly typical Hollywood flattening of history, with powerful villains and disenfranchised heroes."
— Karina Longworth, Village Voice
"...a big, ole slab of honey-glazed hokum."
— Manohla Dargis, New York Times