The Help Rating: 3/5
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The Help Movie Review
Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive (CNN-IBN)
To be fair though, The Help is genuinely moving, it has moments of delightful humor, and it’s held together by two spectacular performances that make it an easily likeable film despite its flaws.The Help knows exactly which buttons to push and when. There are some sympathetic white characters played by Sissy Spacek and Jessica Chastain, but for the most part the film banks on the resonance it’s likely to strike with audiences everywhere, and the sense of guilt and shame it evokes. Far from perfect, the film’s disturbing suggestion that it took a white woman to mobilize the black maids into speaking up for themselves, seems to undermine the very point of the story.Yet the film works because it’s well-intentioned, and its sincerity comes through despite its shortcomings. I’m going with three out of five for The Help. It’s a feel-good entertainer about a sensitive, prickly issue. Watch it for its solid acting.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Ankur Pathak Site:Rediff
What is pleasantly surprising and distinctive about The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling debut novel of the same name, is that though it conveys lucidly the disturbing racial injustice in 1960s America, it does so without melodrama or too many clichés. Where the film shines is in going beyond being a flat portrayal of an alienated race, and examining other aspects of the lives of Aibileen and Minny, that lie beyond their being maids in a white person’s house. The great strength of the film lies in the brilliant performances of its main characters. A woman who cannot let go of a tragic past and doesn’t dream of a better future either, Aibleen leads a depressingly purposeless life. She is mostly without speech, and her affected eyes and defeated gait unerringly convey the needful.
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