Winstead is immense in this picture, a true force of nature who embodies so many complexities and demons that make her this perpetually broken protagonist...
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
| Original Score: B
In under eighty minutes, Smashed succeeds in so many ways.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
Smashed is a fine little film, but I'm not convinced that it grabs.
The sharp ends in Smashed are here for all to see, and Ponsoldt never shies away from their spiky, thought-provoking effect. Yet he also finds grace and warmth in the story.