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The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny-three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. From their improbable alliance a remarkable sisterhood emerges, instilling all of them with the courage to transcend the lines that define them, and the realization that sometimes those lines are made to be crossed-even if it means bringing everyone in town face-to-face with the changing times. -- (C) DreamWorks
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Yes, it gets a bit sentimental. Yes, some 'Ya-Ya Sisterhood' friendship clichés creep in. Yes, it glosses history. But it's also heartfelt, hilarious and the cast is a dream-team topped by Viola Davis."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"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
"Taylor's palpably meandering sensibilities are exacerbated by an almost comically overlong running time..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"If you think the summer has been lacking in sophisticated adult entertainment, don't worry, 'The Help' is on the way."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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
""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
"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
"Lifetime Channel movie with paternalistic liberalism bordering on Paula Deen malignity."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"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
"La película realmente triunfa en la exploración 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
"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
"[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
"A great story and a wonderful cast combine to make this drama a must-see."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"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
"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
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