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Smashed Reviews

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 10, 2014
Ponsoldt keeps up a good pace and refuses to let the material get too heavy. He focuses on the characters and their slip ups, jokes, frustrations, and all the imperfections that make up a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 22, 2013
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...
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Eric Melin
April 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
February 3, 2013
In under eighty minutes, Smashed succeeds in so many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike Scott
February 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 8, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joe Cunningham
December 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
December 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 16, 2012
Has an outstanding central performance from Winstead that demonstrates Kate's emotional and intellectual understanding of the complexities of alcoholism.
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
December 15, 2012
Smashed is a smart, sensitive and appropriately uncomfortable watch, offering an unrelentingly clear-eyed view of dependence, both emotional and substance-based.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 14, 2012
[I]t's Winstead who is the real wonder... with an artless authenticity that is at once heartbreaking and heartening.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
December 14, 2012
A film that's good on general atmosphere, totally sincere and not too sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
December 14, 2012
There is an understanding of human frailty that makes the film more appealing than the subject matter might suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Jones
Little White Lies
December 13, 2012
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the essential cog in James Ponsoldt's insightful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 13, 2012
Winstead gives a very good performance: muddled, scared, but courageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 13, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
December 13, 2012
Involving and occasionally powerful alcoholism drama, anchored by a stunning central performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead and some impressive direction ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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