70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
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."
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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.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Hudson's sunny, ringlet-tossing appeal fits snugly into the film's happy-homemaker ideology: She makes caring for three kids she barely knows look downright glamorous.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
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.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Works so hard to be inoffensive that you may well be offended.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Despite Joan Cusack, whose comic spark earns the film its only star, Raising Helen is like tumbling into chick-flick hell.
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38 out of 100
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