Smashed Synopsis
An alcoholic (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) teacher faces many obstacles on her road to sobriety.
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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...
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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....
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Spot On!

By lawyerboo
As someone in the recovery community, I tend to anticipate movies that attempt to portray addiction and recovery with some trepidation wondering if they will "get it right." In my opinion, "Smashed"...

Solid film

By karinagw
(Disclaimer: this is not a film I generally would have gone to see had it not been the first project my daughter worked on when she moved to L.A. (Prop Intern, Yay, Diana)) That said, while it...

More than a PSA for alcoholism

By VAmovie_goer
Smashed is film which shows the struggles of one peson to overcome alcoholism. The film doesn't try to demonize alcoholism nor make excuses for it. The acting was excellent with special kudos to...

I got what I came for! Wow, well done!

By Calylily
Wow, well done! Mary Elizabeth Winstead did not disappoint! I specifically went to see if she could really act as well as I saw on the preview that I saw! FINALLY, a great actress emerges from a...

For anyone even remotely touched by alcoholism

By timcollins
This movie is the most realistic picture of real-life alcoholism and the complexity of a relationship with an alcoholic. But it is also a movie of experience, strength and hope Relating to...

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Rated R | For Brief Drug Use, Alcohol Abuse, Language and Some Sexual Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Intense alcoholism study shows difficulties of recovery.
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