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Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Charlie (Aaron Paul) are a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking...especially the drinking. When Kateʼs drinking leads her to dangerous places and her job as a school teacher is put into jeopardy, she decides to join AA and get sober. With the help of her friend and sponsor Jenny, and the vice principal at her school, the awkward, but well intentioned, Mr. Davies, Kate takes steps toward improving her health and life. Sobriety isnʼt as easy as Kate had anticipated. Her new lifestyle brings to the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"There will never be another Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor, but Hollywood may have found a new Lee Remick in Mary Elizabeth Winstead."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Winstead, a relative newcomer, handily carries this slender film."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Ponsoldt keeps up a good pace and refuses to let the material get too heavy. He focuses on the characters and their slip ups, jokes, frustrations, and all the imperfections that make up a person."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Smashed is a non-judgmental snapshot of the small world surrounding this couple, and is filled with insightful moments and really great low-key performances."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Winstead is a revelation as a young married school teacher determined to overcome alcoholism in this gritty film clearly made by folks who've been there."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"Winstead and Paul make their characters feel like flesh and blood, not stereotypical Lost Weekenders. Their love is as real as their future is shaky. And that's the film's great tragedy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's an addiction-and-recovery movie without the usual side-effect of wallowing melodrama."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Winstead is immense in this picture, a true force of nature who embodies so many complexities and demons that make her this perpetually broken protagonist..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"In under eighty minutes, Smashed succeeds in so many ways."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"For what it sets out to achieve and the amount it chooses to portray, Smashed does a solid job - made all the more notable thanks to Winstead."
‑ Joe Cunningham, HeyUGuys
"The camera work is handheld and jittery, reflecting Kate's often wobbly state of mind, and the character's decidedly nonglam wardrobe, minimal makeup and charm-free home feel honest and right."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Winstead is an inarguably warm actor. She's just not doing the sort of work that transcends the movie's shortcomings."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The only ingredient that renders it remotely unique is an Oscar-caliber performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the proverbial drunk with a heart - and liver - of Johnnie Walker Gold."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Mary Elizabeth Winstead comes into her own in this lightly directed and disarmingly enjoyable film, which delivers its message without the aid of a soapbox."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
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