Raising Helen
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Directed by Garry Marshall, Raising Helen revolves around Helen Harris (Kate Hudson), whose successful fashion career and decadent Manhattan lifestyle are plenty in terms of keeping her occupied and content. Helen's days as a socialite are brought to a swift end, however, when she is informed not only of the death of her sister and brother-in-law, but of the decision to leave their three children in her care. Being one of New York's hippest matters little to 15-year-old Audrey (Hayden Panettiere), ten-year-old Henry (Spencer Breslin), and five-year-old Sarah (Abigail Breslin), who… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"[Garry Marshall] piles on the cornball touches with the sledgehammer effect of a bad sitcom director."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Light drama with some appealing moments."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Satisfying only because of Joan Cusack's sterling performance. Will somebody please give that actress a starring role in her own vehicle?"
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"Tries to tell in excruciating detail the stories of at least six characters, but succeeds in showing us they are only cardboard cutouts."
‑ Mark Collette, Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
"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."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"There's no real conflict, and the screenplay sometimes approaches idiocy."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Yet another social fable about women in distress from Gary Marshall with no foundation in any reality and a mannered, irritating performance from Kate Hudson."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"As far as heartwarming comedies go, this one has all the parts necessary: the heart, the warmth, and the comedy."
‑ CT Staff, Christianity Today
"The latest urban fairy tale from Pretty Woman's Marshall sees the director continue his descent into underwritten schmaltz at the expense of genuine wit and warmth."
‑ Liz Beardsworth, Empire Magazine
"Almost nothing about Raising Helen rings very true, other than the camera's crush on Kate Hudson."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Far from the worst cookie-cutter film to come off the Hollywood assembly line, merely the latest."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"A sort of updated Pretty Woman into homework rather than hooking."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"...a drippy, maudlin, melodramatic, semi-romantic, sometimes comedy."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It's parenthood through rose-colored glasses."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
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