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Smashed Reviews

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Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
October 25, 2012
The film is at its best only when its characters are at their worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 19, 2012
Despite the youth of its main characters, "Smashed" doesn't deliver much that's new to the sobriety genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2012
Winstead is very good in "Smashed," though she's saddled with a merely adequate co-starring performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kirk Honeycutt
honeycuttshollywood.com
October 4, 2012
The painfully thin story makes its characters all types, fails to examine them in any manner beyond their addiction and wraps things up in a thoroughly unconvincing fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 12, 2012
There needs to be a 12-step program for movie people to stop sharing their "deeply personal" yet insight-free stories of addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 9, 2012
The bottom isn't low enough, the struggle isn't difficult enough, and the characters (especially the supporting ones) don't feel developed enough to provide necessary context for our heroine's journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
October 3, 2012
An unconvincing portrait of downward-spiral alcoholism that trades on surface-level melodrama before finally fumbling away any credibility with fundamentally false notions of what co-dependence and addiction look like.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
October 21, 2012
A standard, heavy-weight drama about the self-destructive effects of alcohol abuse, reminiscent but never as good as 'The Days of Wine and Roses.'
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 25, 2012
Winstead is an inarguably warm actor. She's just not doing the sort of work that transcends the movie's shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
October 9, 2012
The filmmakers' attitude toward Kate is chiefly as a victim, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead's admirable performance suggests so much more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 9, 2012
The film as a whole feels like a creaky vehicle, belabored with plot strands and stereotypes that only serve to highlight Winstead's ragged commitment to something real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
October 11, 2012
Winstead, who appears in nearly every scene, can be compelling but, like the material, often pushes too hard ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 19, 2012
"Smashed" never really rises much above the level of a dramatic public service announcement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 9, 2012
Smashed may be better at preaching to the choir and is likely to find its largest audience among struggling 12-steppers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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-
Chase Whale
ScreenAnarchy
September 27, 2012
Smashed is an honest, somber, and often good-humored portrait of an alcohol addict. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is marvelous.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 24, 2012
Smashed has great performances and a worthwhile story, but it is overshadowed by bizarre tones and a really disappointing finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Joe Cunningham
HeyUGuys
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
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