Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul) are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking...especially the drinking. When Kateʼs drinking leads her to dangerous places and her job as a school teacher is put into jeopardy, she decides to join AA and get sober. With the help of her friend and sponsor Jenny, and the vice principal at her school, the awkward, but well intentioned, Mr. Davies, Kate takes steps toward improving her
Oct 12, 2012 Limited
Mar 12, 2013
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Dave Davies, Mr. Davies
Octavia L. Spencer
Mary Kay Place
Owen, Owen Hannah
Silas Agape Garcia
Haley Brooke Walker
Brian O. Haynes
DJ Supa Crispy
Winstead and Paul make their characters feel like flesh and blood, not stereotypical Lost Weekenders. Their love is as real as their future is shaky. And that's the film's great tragedy.
The camera work is handheld and jittery, reflecting Kate's often wobbly state of mind, and the character's decidedly nonglam wardrobe, minimal makeup and charm-free home feel honest and right.
It's an addiction-and-recovery movie without the usual side-effect of wallowing melodrama.
Winstead is an inarguably warm actor. She's just not doing the sort of work that transcends the movie's shortcomings.
The only ingredient that renders it remotely unique is an Oscar-caliber performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the proverbial drunk with a heart - and liver - of Johnnie Walker Gold.
Smashed is a non-judgmental snapshot of the small world surrounding this couple, and is filled with insightful moments and really great low-key performances.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead comes into her own in this lightly directed and disarmingly enjoyable film, which delivers its message without the aid of a soapbox.
Winstead is a revelation as a young married school teacher determined to overcome alcoholism in this gritty film clearly made by folks who've been there.
For what it sets out to achieve and the amount it chooses to portray, Smashed does a solid job - made all the more notable thanks to Winstead.
Despite taking a full-on approach to the issue of alcoholism, filmmaker Ponsoldt undermines his own case by telling a story about the problem itself rather than the people caught up in it.
Has an outstanding central performance from Winstead that demonstrates Kate's emotional and intellectual understanding of the complexities of alcoholism.
Smashed is a smart, sensitive and appropriately uncomfortable watch, offering an unrelentingly clear-eyed view of dependence, both emotional and substance-based.
[I]t's Winstead who is the real wonder... with an artless authenticity that is at once heartbreaking and heartening.
A film that's good on general atmosphere, totally sincere and not too sentimental.
There is an understanding of human frailty that makes the film more appealing than the subject matter might suggest.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the essential cog in James Ponsoldt's insightful drama.
Winstead gives a very good performance: muddled, scared, but courageous.
Wheedling and hectoring by turn, ham-dram to the hilt, full of small ideas and Big Acting, the film trails talentlessly in the wake of Days of Wine and Roses.
Largely meeting its modest goals, it's a nuanced take on patterns of dependency, and the best chance yet for this feisty young actress to prove her mettle.
Involving and occasionally powerful alcoholism drama, anchored by a stunning central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and some impressive direction ...
A film that is unafraid to recognise that, for some, a life spent drunk is easier (and much less boring) than fighting a disease with no permanent cure.
- Charlie Hannah: Can we just play one more game? Because You're kicking my ass and it's embarrassing and l would like to have a chance to redeem myself. Please?
- Jenny: It's hard to life your life honestly.
- Kate Hannah: Last night I ended up... smoking crack.
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