Roger Ebert acknowledges that the book The Help (by Kathryn Stockett) has a lot of loyal readers who may have been imagining the movie exactly as it was made. He calls it entertaining and praises the actors from Viola Davis to Octavia Spencer to Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Alison Janney. He does suggest that they would have "benefitted from a more fearless screenplay." Ebert gives the movie three stars.
My local paper this morning says that the movie is unfortunately "burdened by cliche" but saved by the stars. Katharine Monk says it is exactly what one expects from Hollywood, choosing the words "familiar and predictable" but calling it enjoyable. Monk also gave the movie three stars.
One of my favorite reviewers, Nell Minnow who writes as The Movie Mom, calls the movie one of the best dramas of the year, saying that the movie "engages with its sensitive subject matter humbly and sincerely." She gives it a score of B+.
Having benefited from these reviews, The Help is still on my list. I'm not sure when I will get to see it though, given the fact that the next movie we see at the movie theatre will likely be Cowboys and Aliens since it is my husband's turn to pick. Find your copy of The Help on Amazon by clicking here.
Have you seen The Help? What did you think?
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Read Roger Ebert's review of The Help.