Raising Helen Reviews

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June 15, 2004
This isn't funny enough or dramatic enough.
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.
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.
May 28, 2004
There's no real conflict, and the screenplay sometimes approaches idiocy.
May 28, 2004
Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
May 28, 2004
Like tumbling into chick-flick hell.
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2004
This dry-duct soaper chugs along in the Hollywood netherworld where humor and pathos are in short supply.
May 28, 2004
[Hudson] melds her radiance to a budding maternal soulfulness.
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.
May 28, 2004
Like one of Marshall's less-original sitcom pilots stretched way beyond feature length.
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.
May 28, 2004
Constantly warm and sometimes devastatingly real, showing just how hard it can be for a family to replace the early departed.
May 28, 2004
Tame and timid from beginning to end, and relentlessly conventional.
May 28, 2004
Boils down every feel-good chick-flick cliche of the last 15 years into a lumpy mass of multiplex comfort food.
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