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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Some of the film is imaginatively put together. But the melodrama feels forced - manipulated by filmmakers hell-bent on teaching its main character a lesson or two about life and the need to seize it. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is one of the smarter, more honest scripts to be filmed in quite some time. And Jenna Fischer, star of "The Office," gives one of the smarter, more honest - and vulnerable, and tough - performances by an actress on the big screen in an even longer stretch. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Weithorn, a sitcom vet whose credits include "Ned and Stacey" and "The King of Queens," makes sure even the quiet moments in the unassuming "A Little Help" move things forward. And that every one of Laura's missteps is in the right direction. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Ultimately, the film is best appreciated as a welcome big-screen starring vehicle for Fischer, who expertly navigates the comedic and dramatic demands of a role that keeps her onscreen for virtually the entire running time. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    File this one in the same category of edgy Long Island comedies as the equally smart 2009 Alec Baldwin film "Lymelife." show more

  • 75
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Smith turns in a subtly layered performance that suggests the hurt behind Kathy's callousness. And O'Donnell gets to the heart of a man who realizes too late that he's made unfortunate choices. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    A Little Help settles for familiar and modest payoffs. It's not much. Yet Fischer clearly relishes the chance to play someone who's a demurely reckless mess. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie wants to be an exploration of family ties and the various ways in which the people we love respond in times of crisis, but the drama is unconvincing, the characters are ill-defined, and Fischer, so good on The Office, seems a bit incomplete without Jim at her side. show more

  • 50
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    A benign slice of life about suburban angst on Long Island. It's not much, but thanks to the noble efforts of a very good cast, I've seen worse. show more

  • July 23, 2011 ChiGuy
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    Just saw it last night, quite refreshing in the midst of the summer blockbuster season.

  • July 22, 2011 LadyCT
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    In love with this movie, Jenna was so great!

  • May 04, 2011 davcain10
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    Love this movie! Check out the FB page at

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