Smithereens Reviews

May 7, 2019
Despite being a downer of a story, Smithereens casts a beguiling spell as an everlasting record of the shifting punk scene in America.
October 29, 2018
Smithereens is an unflinching look at a moment in time that is now looked at with rose-colored glasses.
September 7, 2018
Wren's shallow cynicism and willingness to exploit others ultimately exposes her own vulnerability. Deeply unlikable, she remains sympathetic, both perpetrator and victim of the meat grinder that is the city.
September 7, 2018
If Smithereens feels like a first labor of love, it's even more endearing for it, stylistically akin to early titles by John Waters.
August 25, 2018
Susan Seidelman is perhaps most readily known for her 1985 Madonna vehicle Desperately Seeking Susan, but it is in Smithereens that its more famous successor took its low-budget, rawly independent first steps.
July 27, 2016
It's as unsparing a sketch of twentysomething life in New York City as American independent cinema has yet offered.
February 29, 2008
Serves as a time capsule for NYC's punk rock scene in the '80s.
February 8, 2007
Susan Seidelman's feature debut, the first American indie to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, put New York's East Village sensibility onscreen by examining issues of identity, desire and self-fulfillment from a distinctly female perspective.
February 8, 2005