Helen (2010)




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A law professor grapples with depression and married life.
R (for language and brief sexuality)
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Ashley Judd
as Helen
Lauren Lee Smith
as Mathilda
Alexia Fast
as Julie
Leah Cairns
as Susanna
Alberta Watson
as Dr. Sherman
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

In roles that could have devolved into arias of melodrama, the cast never overplays its hand, fighting the omnipresent melancholy in small ways rather than large.

July 30, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

Two hours of knife-wielding and shrieking later, nothing significant or profound is gleaned...

Full Review… | July 27, 2010
Time Out
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The film is agonizingly slow.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
Globe and Mail
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Unless you're prepared to be needlessly drowned in another woman's problems for nearly two hours, stay away.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010

A PSA masquerading as an actual drama.

Full Review… | July 25, 2010
Slant Magazine

I wish the movie itself had mood swings as wild as Mathilda's. Judd's depression is relentless.

Full Review… | March 5, 2010
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A very depressing movie about deep depression, as expected. These kinds of movies are never fun to watch....Ashley Judd did a very convincing job.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Depression is a depressing subject. As such, this is a depressing movie. The actors did a good job, and the music was outstanding.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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"I was prepared to fight. I wasn't prepared to lose" -Helen Ashley Judd provides a strong performance as "Helen" a loving wife, mother, talented musician, and professor who becomes strangled by severe depression. Her mental illness progresses over a period of time and is portrayed in quite a realist way...showing the isolation that she imposes on herself. "You remind me of who I used to be" -Helen

Deb Singh
Deb Singh

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