Writer-director James Ponsoldt and co-writer Susan Burke put Kate and Charlie through the paces of a gender-flipped version of “Days of Wine and Roses,” creating a stark and often cringe-worthy look at the toll of acute alcoholism. “Smashed” is not saying anything new about booze and its hold on addicts, but Winstead and Paul make viewers feel the impact as their characters hit bottom.
— George Lang
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Starring: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally.
(Alcohol abuse, language, some sexual content and brief drug use)