A stirring black-empowerment tale aimed squarely at white audiences, The Help personalizes the civil rights movement through the testimony of domestic servants working in Jackson, Miss., circa 1963.
Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
Davis is reason No. 1 the film extracted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 best-seller improves on its source material.
David DenbyThe New Yorker
The Help is, in some way, 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. [15 & 22 August 2011, p. 96]