Her Smell

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Held together by a gripping lead performance from Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell is challenging and admittedly uneven, but ultimately worth the effort.



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Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a '90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky's chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

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Elisabeth Moss
as Becky Something
Cara Delevingne
as Crassie Cassie
Agyness Deyn
as Marielle Hell
Ashley Benson
as Roxie Rotten
Dylan Gelula
as Dottie O.Z.
Hannah Gross
as Tiffany
Virginia Madsen
as Ania Adamcyzk
Eric Stoltz
as Howard Goodman
Amber Heard
as Zelda E. Zekiel
Daisy Pugh
as Weiss-Tama
Keith Poulson
as Keith the Engineer
Jeremy Sample
as Security Guard
Gayle Rankin
as Ali Van der Wolff
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Critic Reviews for Her Smell

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (25)

  • You won't forget it. You can't forget it.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Stretched over 135 minutes and overloaded with shout-to-the-rafters confrontations, Her Smell has too much talking and squawking, and not enough rocking and rolling.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Moss is endlessly fascinating, basking in the liberating comfort of surrendered glamour. She inhabits every cranny and crevice of the character's despairing, terrified, burnt-out, blasted self.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You can quibble with this movie's title, but it gives redemption stories a good name.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • But by opening at rock bottom, instead of the heights, Perry makes it difficult to care about Becky's fall from, and slow crawl back to, grace.

    Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • If the writer-director has a gift, it's for orchestrating caustic confrontation, and for a while, that's mainly what Her Smell offers, impressively and at length.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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