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  • Summary: In the suburbs of Long Island, Laura Pehlke and Bob Pehlke are trapped in a loveless marriage as they struggle with the pervasive tension in the summer following 9/11. (Freestyle Releasing)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 27, 2011
    88
    It's manipulative, yes, but clever and persuasive in its manipulations.
  2. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Jul 28, 2011
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jul 20, 2011
    67
    Fischer's performance is sweet and subtle, but the film can be so understated in tone and plot that it's hard to tell if it's actually saying anything.
  4. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Jul 18, 2011
    60
    A highly entertaining and richly human movie experience with a gem of a performance from Jenna Fischer.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Jul 28, 2011
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 20, 2011
    50
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jul 28, 2011
    25
    It's not that Jenna Fischer is miscast in A Little Help. It's that she's mis-everything else: misused, misdirected, misanthropic.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 28, 2011
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Started slow but built up some steam. Dialogue is spot on, making me remember things I wished I had and had not done. The LIE is the biggest parking lot in the US. Mom & son (Fischer & Yelsky) acted perfectly although other characters a bit over the top. I was rooting for this little family to make it; the ending makes me hope they do. O'Donnell role silly and poorly done but I guess they wanted a name to help promote the film. Warren looks great, though underused, but smartly. Liebman looks ill. Smith character a stereotype but makes the point. Lastly Paul, (Benedict) is the dad I tried to be, with the same misgivings about my youth. Well worth a look. Expand

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