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Raising Helen (2004)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 99

Critics Consensus: As shallow and formulaic as a sitcom.

Average Rating: 4.7/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: As shallow and formulaic as a sitcom.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 137,087


Movie Info

Picking up where the feature film of the same title leaves off, comedy follows a young Manhattanite as she struggles to balance her new hard-won job at a modeling agency with raising her recently orphaned nephew and nieces.

PG-13 (for thematic issues involving teens)
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Begler , Jack Amiel
In Theaters:
Oct 12, 2004
Box Office:
Buena Vista Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Raising Helen

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (99) | DVD (21)

[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director.

Full Review… | June 7, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

This ode to the most stifling aspects of family and motherhood make you feel like the hicks have all uprooted themselves and moved into the front office at Touchstone.

Full Review… | May 29, 2004
Top Critic

Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
USA Today
Top Critic

Even those who seek the undemanding entertainment of life troubles being bravely dealt with might end up wishing they were given more than just sitcom resolutions.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

There's no real conflict, and the screenplay sometimes approaches idiocy.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.

Full Review… | May 28, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Light drama with some appealing moments.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Yet another social fable about women in distress from Gary Marshall with no foundation in any reality and a mannered, irritating performance from Kate Hudson.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007

A sort of updated Pretty Woman into homework rather than hooking.

Full Review… | May 21, 2007
Long Island Press

Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle?

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
Princeton Town Topics

As far as heartwarming comedies go, this one has all the parts necessary: the heart, the warmth, and the comedy.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

...a drippy, maudlin, melodramatic, semi-romantic, sometimes comedy.

Full Review… | October 11, 2004
Movie Metropolis

Tries to tell in excruciating detail the stories of at least six characters, but succeeds in showing us they are only cardboard cutouts.

September 16, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

The latest urban fairy tale from Pretty Woman's Marshall sees the director continue his descent into underwritten schmaltz at the expense of genuine wit and warmth.

Full Review… | August 28, 2004
Empire Magazine

It's parenthood through rose-colored glasses.

Full Review… | August 13, 2004

Truly means well but, as box office goes, is too condescending and pre-fab to mean very much.

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Film Journal International

...sweet-as-Splenda Garry Marshall pipedream...

Full Review… | June 28, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

A gift-wrapped view of pathos -- so sanitized it's almost creepy.

Full Review… | June 16, 2004

This isn't funny enough or dramatic enough.

Full Review… | June 15, 2004

...a warm fuzzy...

Full Review… | June 9, 2004
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

All the adorability in the world can't save Hudson from another plug-ugly comedy.

Full Review… | June 9, 2004

Rich with clichés, predictability, and happily ever afters, the story never ever leaves its comfort zone to challenge the characters and their relationships, to create tension or conflict, or to throw in the proverbial plot twist.

Full Review… | June 8, 2004
Film Threat

Isn?t the best film from Garry Marshall, nor is it the best performance from Kate Hudson, but it certainly is the best they?ve done in a while.

Full Review… | June 7, 2004

Raising Helen can best be described as Jersey Girl with better acting. The idea isn't that interesting, but at least the people involved seem more committed.

Full Review… | June 7, 2004
Nitrate Online

Although Raising Helen boasts a charming cast with a cute factor that's off the cinematic Richter scale, typical Hollywood predictability rears its ugly head too often.

June 5, 2004
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Raising Helen

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Anatoliy Dudaev
Anatoliy Dudaev

Super Reviewer

Another great film from Kate Hudson! Heart wrenching yet heart warming at the same time!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Another money vehicle for Kate Hudson, only Joan Cusack makes it any level of watchable. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer


Wow, I?m surprising myself with this one! I am definitely delving into the Chick Flick area here ? am I softening, no, it just appeared on tv and had to see how it ended, despite it being totally predictable. Made for easy watching, a not so bad no-brainer.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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