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Based on 34 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Despite Joan Cusack, whose comic spark earns the film its only star, Raising Helen is like tumbling into chick-flick hell. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Hudson makes the most of her role, even though that's not saying so very much -- the writing is terribly thin -- while John Corbett gives an unaccountably clumsy performance as a romantic pastor. Joan Cusack gets the funniest lines as Helen's sister, a model of boring mommyhood, but she also stops the movie dead in its tracks every time she plays a scene. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Watching Garry Marshall's Raising Helen is like eating a box of Forrest Gump's chocolates. You may not know exactly what you're going to get, but you can count on a high sugar content. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Marshall's predilection for romantic fairy tales is much in evidence, though the comedy registers in a lower key than it did in such hits as "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride." show more

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The actors are all better than the material, just as the script's occasionally amusing tangents are far superior to its mundane narrative arc. show more

  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    From beginning to end, we've been there, seen that. show more

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