Smashed Reviews

January 3, 2019
Smashed is wall-to-wall good intentions from the moment Kate decides to go to a meeting.
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.
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.
November 9, 2012
Smashed may be better at preaching to the choir and is likely to find its largest audience among struggling 12-steppers.
October 25, 2012
Winstead is an inarguably warm actor. She's just not doing the sort of work that transcends the movie's shortcomings.
October 25, 2012
The film is at its best only when its characters are at their worst.
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.'
October 19, 2012
Despite the youth of its main characters, "Smashed" doesn't deliver much that's new to the sobriety genre.
October 19, 2012
"Smashed" never really rises much above the level of a dramatic public service announcement.
October 18, 2012
Winstead is very good in "Smashed," though she's saddled with a merely adequate co-starring performance.
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.
October 11, 2012
Winstead, who appears in nearly every scene, can be compelling but, like the material, often pushes too hard ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 23, 2012
Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul only serve to highlight everything that the rest of James Ponsoldt's film sorely lacks.