Raising Helen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Raising Helen Reviews

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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 28, 2004
Tame and timid from beginning to end, and relentlessly conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
May 23, 2004
At two hours, Raising Helen feels like it's never going to end, and, when the obligatory all-is-forgiven finale finally arrives, it's a welcome relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
May 28, 2004
Hudson is fatally miscast, and it's nearly impossible to watch the film and not imagine that a still-youthful but more world-weary star would have made a better fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 28, 2004
You are likely to encounter more surprises on the way to the bathroom each morning than you do in this film.
Brian Orndorf
June 5, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kit Bowen
May 27, 2004
With a little help from the sunny Kate Hudson and her kids, at least some of that hokey sentiment gets through and touches your heart. [sniff] Pass the Kleenex, please.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
May 26, 2004
I wish that Helen would just dump the kids since she sure would make for an interesting character if she weren't saddled with those kids.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 4, 2004
Marshall pulls off some delicately serious moments. Problem is, most of this movie is supposed to be funny, and more often than not, it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 28, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 3, 2004
...marshmallow material...has the formulaic flakiness of a tepid situation comedy begging to be renewed for the fall season...a pseudo-sympathetic familial farce
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
Critic Doctor
May 27, 2004
It is the kind of film that cleanses the palate and leaves viewers with nothing more than a desire to see a real movie.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 27, 2004
The best part of Raising Helen, beside the welcomed scroll of its end credits? Read on->
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Willie Waffle
May 26, 2004
Raising Helen is likable, formulaic, predictable, overly sentimental schlock.You're going to find something to like in the movie (Hudson), but there's plenty to dislike
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 11, 2004
Shiny, undemanding and deeply fake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
May 28, 2004
It's a frivolous, glossy, feel-good story that's mildly amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 11, 2004
...a drippy, maudlin, melodramatic, semi-romantic, sometimes comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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