Raising Helen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raising Helen Reviews

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Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
January 17, 2016
Marshall does a decent job with this film, keeping everything 'nice' as you find in most of his movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Light drama with some appealing moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 21, 2007
A sort of updated Pretty Woman into homework rather than hooking.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
June 9, 2004
...a warm fuzzy...
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Martin Scribbs
Mixed Reviews
June 2, 2004
Chills abound in Raising Helen, a macabre tale of three plucky orphans placed in the care of their loving but undead aunt.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 31, 2004
Sugar is sweet, but not as sweet as "Raising Helen."
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 28, 2004
The movie, more tear-jerker than romantic comedy, gets at how painful, awful and, ultimately, worthwhile it is to be a parent, and, if it takes its time getting to that message, that makes sense.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 28, 2004
It's the rare chick-geared movie that is predictable without being boring and touching without being cloying.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
May 28, 2004
This sort of film thrives on chemistry, and Hudson and Corbett make it sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 28, 2004
Pulls out all the stops to make [Hudson] adorable, and only the hardhearted will be able to resist her self-deprecating charm and light-up-the-world smile.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
May 28, 2004
It's a painless, affably sentimental comedy that would make a popular TV series -- and probably will become one.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 28, 2004
The characters are all enjoyable, which is Marshall's goal.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 28, 2004
[Hudson] melds her radiance to a budding maternal soulfulness.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 28, 2004
By no means a great movie, but it's efficiently watchable, thanks to Marshall's direction and occasionally buoyant thanks to its stars.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 28, 2004
Constantly warm and sometimes devastatingly real, showing just how hard it can be for a family to replace the early departed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
May 28, 2004
Those suffering from testosterone poisoning from the current blockbusters will find this a welcome antidote.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
May 27, 2004
One of Garry Marshall's better efforts. It is gently witty and occasionally entertaining, if you can overlook the fact that you've seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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