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Raising Helen Reviews

June 7, 2004
[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director.
May 29, 2004
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.
May 28, 2004
Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 28, 2004
There's no real conflict, and the screenplay sometimes approaches idiocy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 28, 2004
Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
Like tumbling into chick-flick hell.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 28, 2004
[Marshall] evidently finds the film's premise to be outrageously funny. Some viewers -- especially those who have looked out a window in the last 20 years -- may understandably be less impressed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 28, 2004
Does its inoffensive comedy bit. It's all professional, predictable, by the numbers.
May 28, 2004
Can't decide whether it's a romance, a fish-out- of-water flick, a teen-parent conflict story, or a tale of sibling rivalry and reconciliation, and therefore fails at each.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
Rest assured, these crises will be resolved, and Helen will be enriched by the experiences. But going through them with her throws more sugar into your system than I can take.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
This dry-duct soaper chugs along in the Hollywood netherworld where humor and pathos are in short supply.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 28, 2004
[Hudson] melds her radiance to a budding maternal soulfulness.
Read More | Original Score: B
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-
May 28, 2004
Like one of Marshall's less-original sitcom pilots stretched way beyond feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
Marshall, who seems to specialize in affability, breaks no new ground and doesn't do much with the old soil he tills.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
May 28, 2004
Tame and timid from beginning to end, and relentlessly conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 28, 2004
Boils down every feel-good chick-flick cliche of the last 15 years into a lumpy mass of multiplex comfort food.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 28, 2004
As relentlessly cute as you'd expect from a Garry Marshall picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 28, 2004
Jumps back and forth between airy-fairy romantic comedy and leaden family drama with the alacrity of a manic-depressive.
May 28, 2004
You are likely to encounter more surprises on the way to the bathroom each morning than you do in this film.
May 27, 2004
Kate Hudson stars in this mildly ingratiating comedy as a selfish fashionista whose career stops short when she is granted custody of her late sister's three children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 27, 2004
It confirms the suspicion that Mr. Marshall is more a commodity than a director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2004
As much as we want to wrap our hearts around this wannabe uplifting tearjerker, it's just too shallow to embrace.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 27, 2004
There's an old-school innocence to Marshall's style, and it's satisfying to be whisked away from reality to this parallel universe where we find it possible to laugh amid such a fundamentally tragic scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2004
What Raising Helen doesn't offer is a competent (never mind compelling) performance from Hudson, who is as cute as lace pants and has approximately as much acting skill.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
A cunning and immensely likeable coming-of- parenting-age saga that repeatedly flies in the face of its own sitcom impulses.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 27, 2004
The characters are clichéd, and their predicaments are familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 27, 2004
A winsomely formulaic domestic comedy that says that women can have it all -- but they really shouldn't try to.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 27, 2004
You can take the director out of television, but sometimes you can't take television out of the director.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 27, 2004
One of those bogus 'sincere' pictures -- a schmaltz-ridden mediocrity without an honest moment in it.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 26, 2004
Marshall's directing is cheerfully basic, and his sense of pacing is sketchy at best, but he has a canny way of tapping into American talking points.
May 25, 2004
If [Helen] had her own NBC sitcom, she'd be safe for many a season of dating mishaps, workplace cock-ups, and conspicuously plush interior design; since she's stuck in a big-screen seriocomedy ... she must be swiftly rehabilitated of her egocentric ways.
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
May 12, 2004
Hudson generates enough good will in the first two-thirds of Raising Helen to offset sporadic preachiness.
May 10, 2004
Marshall keeps the performances within a narrow range that might be called over-the-top lite: cheery-through- the-tears, with every complication spelled out and quickly resolved.