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Smashed Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 7, 2012
There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 8, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 1, 2012
Winstead, a relative newcomer, handily carries this slender film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 26, 2012
It's an addiction-and-recovery movie without the usual side-effect of wallowing melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 25, 2012
Smashed belongs to Winstead.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2012
It conveys a rare depth of understanding and compassion for its protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 25, 2012
As disappointingly predictable as the final chapters are, nothing can diminish Winstead's outstanding performance as Kate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 19, 2012
Winstead is terrific as a young woman scared into sobriety, only to discover telling people the truth is much harder than lying and hiding her addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2012
The act of going out there as an unknown and coming back a star is the time-honored showbiz fantasy, and if there's any justice that's about to come true for Mary Elizabeth Winstead on the basis of "Smashed."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 18, 2012
It's familiar stuff, but at least it takes addiction and recovery seriously; the depiction of Alcoholics Anonymous feels particularly heartfelt.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2012
This is a serious movie about drinking but not a depressing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 12, 2012
The movie has some powerful moments, but it's mostly superficial.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 12, 2012
Winstead has an alert charm and curious eyes and, 30 years ago, might have been one of that decade's glorious gang of Smart Brunettes - Karen Allen, Debra Winger, Brooke Adams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 12, 2012
While Smashed documents both the crazy highs and the terrifying lows of addiction, the story is primarily about commitment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 11, 2012
The movie observes unblinkingly what can happen to a couple when one member stops drinking and the other doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 11, 2012
Addiction dramas are as common as reality shows and often just as rank. Smashed joins the ranks of the winners, mostly because of an unmissable and unforgettable performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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October 11, 2012
Films about addiction tend to answer the excesses of drugs or alcohol with excesses of their own, but Ponsoldt and Winstead aren't guilty of overreaching. They know when to say when.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 11, 2012
Winstead and director James Ponsoldt add something gripping and modern to the cinema of recovery, a well-mined genre that can still, it seems, yield thoughtful surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 11, 2012
It's a refreshingly complex look at how people's emotional development can play havoc with their partners' security and sense of self, especially if that security and sense of self are shaky to begin with.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 10, 2012
Winstead's performance overwhelms and overcomes the fragmented story.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
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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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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
October 9, 2012
Smashed at its worst is still better than many other films of its kind at their best.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 27, 2012
What's new about this affecting, unsensationalized portrait of addiction, recovery, codependence, setbacks, one-day-at-a-time progress, and their effects on relationships, is the low-keyed energy of the storytelling.
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January 27, 2012
Smashed is subtle, beautiful, and sad.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2012
Mary Elizabeth Winstead rules in a small, solid study of alcoholism and recovery.
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
An affecting and immersive addiction drama about the unforeseen pitfalls along the road to recovery.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 24, 2012
Smashed is a film of pummeling intensity and bruised emotions, a refreshingly complex look at how one partner's emotional development can play havoc with the other partner's security and sense of self.
Full Review | Original Score: B+