91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's new about the unsensationalized portrait of one-day-at-a-time progress (and setbacks) is the low-key energy of this drunks' tale, by and for a generation with a high tolerance for humor and a low tolerance for soapiness.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Its sharp writing and essential credibility make this small, intimate tale fresh and involving.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is a serious movie about drinking but not a depressing one. You notice that in the way it handles Charlie (Aaron Paul), Kate's husband. He is also her drinking buddy. When two alcoholics are married, they value each other's company because they know they can expect forgiveness and understanding, while a civilian might not choose to share their typical days.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Don't forget Winstead when making a list of the year's Best Actress contenders. Yes, she's that good.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Director James Ponsoldt knows what his job is here. He keeps the camera on his lead actress and doesn't cut away. For Winstead, Smashed is the doorway to great things.
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75

NPR

By Scott Tobias
The truthfulness of Winstead's performance - and those of her co-stars, too - has a steadying influence on James Ponsoldt's modest drama, which at times seems in danger of failing a sobriety test.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Smashed is quietly affecting, though sometimes difficult to sit through. The saving grace is Winstead's smashing performance.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Director James Ponsoldt, who co-wrote the script with Susan Burke (inspired in part by her own experiences), opts for realism and modesty instead of sensation.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The most interesting thing about Smashed is the way Kate, the movie's alcoholic schoolteacher, never looks drunk - at least, not the way drunk people do in the movies.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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