Help, The

Lists: Drama, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019

Brief Synopsis: "Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer) is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her desperate need for jobs; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone) is a young white woman who has recently moved back home after graduating college to find out her childhood maid has mysteriously disappeared. These three stories intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help"; yet they are always kept at a certain distance because of racial lines."

Overall Ranking: 1480 (Rank from 2011: # 57)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 20%
Regular 65%
Half-Popped 10%
Stale 5%
Burnt 0%


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Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews90(full review)
Bryan Lienesch89 - Who turns in the best performance? Chastain? Stone? Davis? The debate could go on for hours. That's just how strong the performance of this cast is.
Dave Examines Movies88(full review)
Colin Carman85(full review)
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick83(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest83
Brandon H80
CinemaVisitor Erik80
Skooch80(full review)
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes80(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Entertainment Blur Rob78(full review)
Chris of This Is Madness75 - My ratings are on a five point scale, translated as such: 1 - Abysmal, 25 - Bad, 50 - Mediocre, 75 - Good, 100 - Great
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Dan O'Neill70(full review)
Movie Evangelist70(full review)
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium70(full review)
Thomas Pollock60
Patrick Devitt40
David Baruffi34(full review)

People Involved

  • Emma Stone (Eugenia Skeeter Phelan)
  • Bryce Dallas Howard (Hilly Holbrook)
  • Mike Vogel (Johnny Foote)
  • Sissy Spacek (Missus Walters)
  • Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark)
  • Octavia Spencer (Minny Jackson)
  • Cicely Tyson (Constantine Jefferson)
  • Aunjanue Ellis (Yule Mae Davis)
  • Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote)
  • Stephen Goldblatt (Director)
  • Tate Taylor (Director)
  • Tate Taylor (Director)
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