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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Don't forget Winstead when making a list of the year's Best Actress contenders. Yes, she's that good. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Smashed is quietly affecting, though sometimes difficult to sit through. The saving grace is Winstead's smashing performance. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 90
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Its sharp writing and essential credibility make this small, intimate tale fresh and involving. show more

  • 75
    Scott Tobias NPR

    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. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    If you had to be an alcoholic, you'd want to be like Kate, the young drunk played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the new movie Smashed. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead. show more

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