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Ashley Judd headlines this earnest psychological drama centered on the monumental inner struggle of Helen, a successful music professor and happily married mother suffering from severe mental illness. After years of suppressing her bipolar disorder, Helen suffers a crippling emotional breakdown. Subsequently hospitalized, she befriends Mathilda, who offers a sense of understanding and emotional solace that her family cannot. But in time Helen's suffering becomes overwhelming, and she begins to believe that death is the only solution. Desperate, Helen's husband and daughter fight to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Unless you're prepared to be needlessly drowned in another woman's problems for nearly two hours, stay away."
‑ Perri Nemiroff, CinemaBlend.com
""Helen" is a very heavy film. Heavier than Rosie O'Donnell at a Hometown Buffet."
‑ Larry Carroll, MTV
"Two hours of knife-wielding and shrieking later, nothing significant or profound is gleaned..."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"A PSA masquerading as an actual drama."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The film is agonizingly slow."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"I wish the movie itself had mood swings as wild as Mathilda's. Judd's depression is relentless."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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