Raising Helen Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Light drama with some appealing moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 7, 2007
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 | Original Score: C-
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 21, 2007
A sort of updated Pretty Woman into homework rather than hooking.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 2, 2007
Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
CT Staff
Christianity Today
November 1, 2006
As far as heartwarming comedies go, this one has all the parts necessary: the heart, the warmth, and the comedy.
| Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2004
...a drippy, maudlin, melodramatic, semi-romantic, sometimes comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 16, 2004
Tries to tell in excruciating detail the stories of at least six characters, but succeeds in showing us they are only cardboard cutouts.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine
August 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
It's parenthood through rose-colored glasses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Truly means well but, as box office goes, is too condescending and pre-fab to mean very much.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 28, 2004
...sweet-as-Splenda Garry Marshall pipedream...
| Original Score: 2/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 16, 2004
A gift-wrapped view of pathos -- so sanitized it's almost creepy.
June 15, 2004
This isn't funny enough or dramatic enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
June 9, 2004
...a warm fuzzy...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
June 9, 2004
All the adorability in the world can't save Hudson from another plug-ugly comedy.
Mark Sells
Film Threat
June 8, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Beyrer
CinemaBlend.com
June 7, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 7, 2004
[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 5, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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