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Generally favorable reviews- based on 37 Ratings

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  • Summary: Helen Harris's carefree lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when she learns that she is now responsible for her sister's three children. She comes to realize that the choice she has to make is between the life she's always loved and the new loves of her life. (Touchstone Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. 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."
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    An undemanding dramedy.
  3. A soft-hearted, squishy-minded prototype for a network sitcom, is mildly ingratiating but never laugh-out-loud funny. Even Ms. Hudson's intrepid radiance can't camouflage the premise's leaky foundation.
  4. 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.
  5. 40
    The strange thing about Raising Helen is that nothing out of the ordinary ever really happens.
  6. 38
    By the end, this movie's balancing act is the equivalent of network news' equal-time laws. The "fairness" becomes deadening.
  7. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    25
    This goopy dramedy is unfunny, mentally bankrupt and makes parenthood look like a terrifying death sentence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. GarethC
    Dec 24, 2006
    0
    What a load of bollocks. God, this is a very bad movie. The script is sooo cheesy! Wake up Hollywood, this C-rate attempt at film making is What a load of bollocks. God, this is a very bad movie. The script is sooo cheesy! Wake up Hollywood, this C-rate attempt at film making is in dire need of originality. Expand

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